1st Edition

Multilingual China National, Minority and Foreign Languages

Edited By Bob Adamson, Anwei Feng Copyright 2022
    230 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Multilingual China explores the dynamics of multilingualism in one of the most multilingual countries in the world. This edited collection comprises frontline empirical research into a range of important issues that arise from the presence of 55 official ethnic minority groups, plus China’s search to modernize and strengthen the nation’s place in the world order.

    Topics focus on the dynamics of national, ethnic minority and foreign languages in use, policy making and education, inside China and beyond. Micro-studies of language contact and variation are included, as are chapters dealing with multilingual media and linguistic landscapes. The book highlights tensions such as threats to the sustainability of weak languages and dialects, the role and status of foreign languages (especially English) and how Chinese can be presented as a viable regional or international language.

    Multilingual China will appeal to academics and researchers working in multilingualism and multilingual education, as well as sinologists keen to examine the interplay of languages in this complex multilingual context.

    1 Introduction: Multilingualism in China BOB ADAMSON AND ANWEI FENG 2 Putonghua in the context of multilingual China and the world JEFFREY GIL 3 Multilingualism in urban China: The case of Guangzhou QIYUN ZHU 4 Teaching Chinese as a second language to ethnic minority learners in Hong Kong DANPING WANG 5 Language policies and linguistic ecology in Hong Kong and Macau CHOI TAE-HEE AND VINCENT KAN 6 The linguistic ecology of multilingual education in minority areas of Guizhou SHAN FEIFEI 7 Examining the co-deployment of three languages for the Tujia, the Uyghurs, and the Inner Mongolians ZHANG QI 8 The experiences of Tibetan nomadic children learning Chinese YIXI LAMUCUO AND JEAN CONTEH 9 Multi-model approaches in multilingual education for minorities in China LINDA TSUNG AND LUBEI ZHANG 10 The attitudes of Yi university students in Sichuan to trilingual education JIE LIU AND VIV EDWARDS 11 Towards an empowerment model for multilingual education at minzu universities in China ANWEI FENG AND LIHONG WANG 12 English language teacher training for minority-dominated regions in Xinjiang PING ZHANG AND ANWEI FENG 13 Local knowledge instruction for young ethnic minority learners in Yunnan Province GE WANG, XING TENG AND ZHOU ZHOU 14 The teaching of South and Southeast Asian languages in Yunnan Province YUAN YICHUAN, HE YINHUA, YUAN YUAN AND ZHANG YI 15 The promotion of foreign language education and services for the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ CUI XIN AND LIU QUANGUO 16 Foreign language education in ethnic Korean schools in China ZHANG ZHEN’AI, WEN LITING AND LI GUANGHE


    Bob Adamson is Visiting Professor at the School of Education and English, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He formerly held the UNESCO Chair at The Education University of Hong Kong. His research covers multilingual education, comparative education, and curriculum reform. His books include Trilingualism in education in China: Models and challenges (with Anwei Feng, Springer, 2015) and China’s English: A history of English in Chinese education (Hong Kong University Press, 2004).

    Anwei Feng is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He has had extensive teaching and researching experiences in many countries and territories in the world, including Hong Kong, Qatar, Singapore, the UK as well as China. He teaches, supervises, researches and publishes in areas including multilingualism and multilingual education and intercultural studies in education.