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ERIC Number: EJ1141476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Impact of English on Education Reforms in China: With Reference to the Learn-English Movement, the Internationalisation of Universities and the English Language Requirement in College Entrance Examinations
Sun, James Jian-Min; Hu, Ping; Ng, Sik Hung
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v38 n3 p192-205 2017
When China liberalised its economy and opened up to the (Western) world, it actively promoted the English language at schools and universities on a massive scale. This learn-English movement, riding on the back of English as the dominant international language, has powered English into China's education reforms. We outline the movement and discuss the impact of English on the internationalisation of China's elite universities and the college entrance examination ("gaokao"--[Chinese characters omitted]) based on, respectively, studies of the global ranking of China's universities and a large-scale online debate over the English language requirement in "gaokao." The first study reveals the shadow of English-isation over the internationalisation of Chinese universities in an academic world where publishing and citations are dominated by the use of English. The second study uncovers, consistent with social identity theory, constructions of opposing arguments reflecting the protagonists' respective identities as pro- and anti-English supporters.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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