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ERIC Number: EJ787091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 37
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 167
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
The Misleading Academic Discourse on Chinese-English Bilingual Education in China
Hu, Guangwei
Review of Educational Research, v78 n1 p190-226 2008
Although official promotion of content-based English language teaching started in mainland China only at the turn of the century, this form of language instruction, widely known in China as "Chinese-English bilingual education," has gathered great momentum in the last 6 years and is now rattling across the country like a juggernaut. So-called Chinese-English bilingual education has always been controversial. Although small numbers of opponents have raised concerns about potential negative consequences and the constraints compromising optimistically envisioned goals, their voices have been drowned in the overwhelming academic discourse by a growing contingent of vocal advocates. This discourse is a driving force behind "the great leap forward" for Chinese-English bilingual education. This article problematizes the prevalent discourse on bilingual education in China. Based on analysis of systematically selected data sources, it contends that the academic discourse with its misconceptions, misrepresentations, and misinterpretations has misled stakeholders of bilingual education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China