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ERIC Number: EJ960006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
Ideologies of English in a Chinese High School EFL Textbook: A Critical Discourse Analysis
Xiong, Tao; Qian, Yamin
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v32 n1 p75-92 2012
In this article we examine ideologies of English in present-day China with a special focus on textbook discourse. The research framework is informed by critical theories on language and education. Critical discourse analysis is applied as a methodological approach characterized by a socially committed attitude in the explanation and interpretation of text. The study finds evidence of: (a) a selective representation of the history of English, (b) shallow sociolinguistic explanations, and (c) grammatical prescriptivism. These issues attest to the Anglo-centric language ideologies assuming the sociolinguistic "neutrality" and grammatical "uniformity" of English. In response, we argue for a multicultural and cosmopolitan perspective on curriculum development marked by an intercultural understanding of both the global and the local.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China