Models for trilingual education in the People’s Republic of China

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Abstract

Since 2002, the People’s Republic of China has instigated a variety of language policies in education ostensibly designed to foster trilingualism in ethnic minority groups. This chapter reports the findings of a project studying the implementation of trilingual education policies (covering the ethnic minority language, Chinese and English) in Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Jilin, Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai and Tibet. The study identifies four models of trilingual education—accretive, balanced, transitional and depreciative—that have emerged in the different regions, and explores reasons for the various manifestations. While there appears to be consensus among key stakeholders regarding the potential benefits of trilingual education, the differences in the four models reveal tensions in the context of policy implementation. Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinority languages and multilingual education: Bridging the local and the global
EditorsDurk GORTER, Victoria ZENOTZ, Jasone CENOZ
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages29-44
ISBN (Electronic)9789400773172
ISBN (Print)9789400773165
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Citation

Adamson, B., & Feng, A. (2014). Models for trilingual education in the People’s Republic of China. In D. Gorter, V., Zenotz, & J. Cenoz (Eds.), Minority languages and multilingual education: Bridging the local and the global (pp. 29-44). Dordrecht: Springer.

Keywords

  • Bilingualism
  • Minority language
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Trilingual education
  • Language policy

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