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ERIC Number: EJ789246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Reading the World through Words: Cultural Themes in Heritage Chinese Language Textbooks
Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan
Language and Education, v22 n2 p95-113 2008
This paper explores the social and cultural knowledge embedded in the textbooks for language and literacy education in a Chinese heritage language school, the Zhonguo School, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It examines how Chinese language arts textbooks introduce the child reader to cultural knowledge considered legitimate and valued in China as well as in Chinese diasporan communities. Furthermore, it looks at the construction of cultural knowledge in Chinese language textbooks in relation to the mainstream ideology to which immigrant children are exposed in and out of mainstream school classrooms. It looks at how the power relationship between legitimate cultural knowledge in majority and minority contexts is established and to what extent it affects language minority students' literacy practices in mainstream school and heritage language school contexts. Data sources are the Chinese textbooks used from kindergarten to Grade 5 in a Chinese heritage language school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada