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ERIC Number: EJ894165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
A Public Policy Perspective on English Medium Instruction in China
Hu, Guangwei; Alsagoff, Lubna
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v31 n4 p365-382 Jul 2010
Language education for ethnic majority and minority students alike has recently received much policy attention in the People's Republic of China. An outcome of this policy attention is the Chinese-English bilingual education initiative which turns on the use of English as a medium of instruction for Han majority students at the primary and secondary levels of education. This paper draws on the public policy perspective on language policy formulated by Francois Grin and analyses the English medium instruction initiative in terms of four principles that can guide policy evaluations, namely normative justification, practical feasibility, allocative effectiveness and distributive justice. Implications then are derived from the analysis for a policy deliberation on the use of English as an instructional medium in trilingual provision for autochthonous ethnic minorities in China. The paper concludes by sketching a policy alternative to English medium instruction for both majority and minority students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China