English Education Training and Practice in Secondary Schools During and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong

Noble Lo, Bryan To

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Recent empirical evidence (see Anderson, Bousselot, Katz-Buoincontro, & Todd, 2021; Donitsa-Schmidt & Ramot, 2020; Ellis, Steadman, & Mao, 2020; Kim, Leary, & Asbury, 2021; Murphy, 2020) suggests that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may have far-reaching effects on teacher development outcomes, including role shaping, pedagogy, and goal-setting. Its disruptive effects are likely to redefine the priorities of continuing professional development (CPD) in the educational sector and reconstruct educators’ identity and roles in future English language educational systems. Accordingly, in this study, we aim to assess the factors shaping identity formation among secondary school teachers in Hong Kong to determine the influence of CPD and systemic needs on teacher role perceptions and goal-setting of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) and English for general academic purposes (EGAP) during and post-COVID-19 pandemic. A mixed-method approach was applied for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data from a sample of Hong Kong in English language education in secondary schools. It is found that COVID-19 has disrupted the Hong Kong education system because of the abrupt and unprecedented transitioning from conventional teaching to digitalised teaching. School administrators are recommended to address the systemic gaps and skill-based deficiencies encountered by educators during COVID-19, and post-pandemic CPD should include information and communications technology (ICT) related solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-46
JournalESP Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Continuing professional development
  • English language education
  • Secondary school teachers
  • Identity formation


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