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English in minority areas of China: Some findings and directions for further research


Jeffrey Gil 
School of Humanities, Flinders University 
Jeffrey.Gil@flinders.edu.au

 

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Abstract

This paper discusses a neglected aspect of English in China, its impact on ethnic minorities and their languages. It begins with an overview of the current situation of the minorities and their languages then, based on fieldwork conducted in Jilin and Guizhou Provinces, it shows two trends: English currently has a limited presence in minority areas and there is a strong desire to learn it. However, achieving additive bilingualism is made difficult by lack of minority cultural content on the curriculum and lack of educational resources. It is argued that the Context Approach (Bax, 2003) can be used to help overcome these difficulties and as a guide for further research. 

China, ethnic minorities, English language teaching and learning, Context Approach, additive bilingualism

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 Gil, J. (2006) English in minority areas of China: Some findings and directions for further research. International Education Journal, 7 (4), 455-465.
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