Multilingual education is a growing phenomenon arising from forces of globalization and economic development, which promote strong regional and international languages and threaten less powerful languages. A case in point is the provision of trilingual education (Korean, Chinese and English) in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. Language policies in YKAP are closely linked to questions of ethnic and national identity. This study found a strong additive Accretive Model of trilingual education operating in schools in YKAP, sustained by ethnolinguistic and economic factors. However, the paper also argues that demographic trends present challenges to the long-term sustainability of this model.
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2016|