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ERIC Number: EJ889834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
Trilingual Education for Ethnic Minorities: Toward Empowerment?
Zhao, Zhenzhou
Chinese Education and Society, v43 n1 p70-81 Jan-Feb 2010
Trilingual education (encompassing ethnic minority languages, Chinese, and English) for minority students gains popular support from local ethnic communities to redress educational inequality issues affecting majority and minority groups in China. This paper explores the uses of these three languages on two university campuses, representative of an ethnic study program and a regular study program, respectively, and describes how trilingualism relates to minority student participation and further empowerment. The findings suggest trilingual proficiency improves student confidence and expands opportunities for competition with their Han peers. But English is primarily used for the purpose of evaluation and carries little practical function for student studies and their university lives. This paper argues that trilingual education alone, without substantial structural reforms, offers only "imagined" empowerment. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China