Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation (Restricted)



First Advisor

Dr. Sharp, Alastair Lan


Society has been concerned about low English proficiency level for a long period of time. However, there are not many studies examining what factors cause the falling standards. A small-scale survey was carried out in Lingnan University to investigate their learning experience in Forms 6 and 7, language proficiency level and the learning English motivation mainly. The findings suggest that the policy of medium of instruction, the learning motivation and the passive role in learning English are the main three factors accounting for their poor performance. Students may need to have a more active role in learning English in order to adapt to their university life and fulfil the requirement for success in the modern world.

Recommended Citation

Wong, W. M. J. (2004). The factors that contribute to low English proficiency levels among tertiary school's students in Hong Kong: a case study in Lingnan University (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from