Bilingual Education in China: Practices, Policies and by Anwei Feng

By Anwei Feng

This paintings compares and contrasts strands of bilingualism in China, one for minority nationality teams, the opposite for majority. It examines the background, coverage, philosophy, politics, provision and perform in bilingual, trilingual or multilingual schooling regarding Mandarin chinese language, English, and minority languages. This quantity brings a combined workforce of researchers jointly to debate concerns in bilingual or trilingual schooling for almost all and minority nationality teams in China and to discover the connection among the 2. Articles diversity from reviews of bilingual or trilingual schooling tasks in distant minority areas to discussions approximately Chinese-English bilingual schooling in significant monetary centres.

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The latter feature was even more obvious in new editions of the textbooks that were produced at times of political movements such as the Anti-Rightist Campaign and the Great Leap Forward (which aimed at achieving economic strength through political activism) in the late 1950s (Adamson, 2004). During this first phase, education policy was driven by economic and political motives. English was initially neglected but gradually seen as a positive contributor to the economic well-being of the nation and introduced into classrooms.

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At university, the English material I was exposed to enabled me to become more aware of my learning. The only time I really felt I wanted to learn English was when I was a graduate student . . Around me, many classmates had very good English. Many of them wanted to go overseas and had to prepare for the TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] and the GRE [Graduate Record Examination]. So their English was very good. I felt I should also try harder. When I first went to university, I tried going to the English Corner but I was too shy.

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