Micro language planning for sustainable early English language education: A case study on Chinese educators’ agency

Luyao LIANG, Hui LI, Alice CHIK

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Abstract

In language education research, micro-level language policy and planning (LPP) primarily concerns local actors’ decision making on matters in relation to language(s) and its users. Despite a growing body of literature focusing on micro-level language planning in educational settings, there is a scarcity of research examining early childhood education settings as the micro-level LPP context for young English language learners. By adopting a qualitative case study approach and drawing on an ecological approach to LPP, the present study examined the educators’ enactment of agency in micro-planning the English language education policy (LEP) in one Chinese kindergarten and the associated factors shaping their agency. Deploying a grounded theory analytical method, this study revealed that the sustainable implementation of the kindergarten English LEP depended on the principal, native English-speaking teachers, and the Chinese assistant teachers’ different degrees of agency. Additionally, the research findings indicated an array of contextual and individual factors nested in a hierarchical structure that facilitated, guided, and constrained the educators’ agency in a role-and circumstance-dependent manner. This study contributes to the pertinent literature by casting nuanced light on the different educators’ contributions to the micro-level LPP against a national policy that does not endorse early-year English language education. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14212
JournalSustainability
Volume14
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Citation

Liang, L., Li, H., & Chik, A. (2022). Micro language planning for sustainable early English language education: A case study on Chinese educators’ agency. Sustainability, 14(21), Article 14212. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142114212

Keywords

  • Micro language planning
  • Educator agency
  • Chinese kindergarten
  • Sustainable language policy and planning

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