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Feng, Anwei; Adamson, Bob – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
In mainland China, most ethnic minority students today face the challenge of learning three languages in schools, namely, their home language (L1), Mandarin Chinese (L2) and a foreign language, usually English (L3). Research into trilingual education for minority groups has been most active since the turn of the twenty-first century. This paper…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Language Planning, Foreign Countries, Multilingualism
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Lee, Jang Ho – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
The present study was designed to examine the effects of short-term study abroad (SA) on learners' L2 anxiety, international posture, and L2 willingness to communicate (WTC). To this end, the SA experience of 69 L2 learners in four different SA programmes was investigated. The data were obtained from participant questionnaires, which were…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Outcomes of Education, Second Language Learning, Anxiety
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Luqiu, Luwei Rose – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
The Internet is used to create a grassroots counter-hegemony force. However, how individuals can effect changes to the development of language policies, especially in contexts such as China, is understudied. This study analyses three different forms of online activities -- self-generating content, interaction, and discussion -- to demonstrate how…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, Internet, Discourse Analysis
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Yan, Edith M. Y.; Fung, Irene Y. Y.; Liu, Lili; Huang, Xiaoyan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
This quantitative study investigated the extent and contexts of target language (TL) use in English language classrooms. Participants were 2,906 students from seven secondary schools and four universities in the more developed cities in southern China. They were put into five groups according to their educational stage and whether their content…
Descriptors: Surveys, Language Usage, Statistical Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Ng, Dana Funywe; Zhao, Juanjuan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
The People's Republic of China (PRC) has often been considered a monolithic, monolingual state but, in fact, it is linguistically and culturally diverse. Despite the size, there is still a lack of sociolinguistic studies on the Han Chinese in the PRC. Therefore, this study focuses on the language attitudes of Cantonese-speaking students in…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Mandarin Chinese, Sino Tibetan Languages, Public Policy
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Gao, Xuesong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
This paper reports on a study that analysed the ideological framing of "Chinese dialects" or "regional Chinese varieties" in the mainland China's state print media reports of "dialect crisis" and the associated efforts to sustain the use of these "dialects" from 2002 to 2012. The analysis revealed that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dialects, Chinese, Language Usage
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Gao, Xuesong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
This article reports on an inquiry into Chinese netizens' online discussions related to the "Protecting Cantonese Movement" in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on the Chinese mainland. It interprets the ideological discourses used by Chinese netizens in online discussions to protect the status of Cantonese, a regional variety of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Mandarin Chinese, Language Attitudes
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Gao, Fang; Park, Jae – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
China's diversity of minority groups, marked by many languages and cultures, has led to much push and pull experience between homogenising forces and indigenous cultures. This is apparent in its bilingual education programme for ethnic minorities, among which Korean diaspora communities are to be counted. Korean-Chinese people in China have been…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups, Bilingual Education, Foreign Countries
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Lai, Mee Ling – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
As it entered the second decade of the postcolonial era, Hong Kong had undergone significant socio-economic changes which had impacted students' perceptions of cultural identity and their language attitudes. This study, conducted in 2009, reports on an investigation into the related perceptions of the postcolonial generation who grew up in Hong…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Official Languages, Foreign Countries
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Gu, Mingyue – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
Informed by linguistic ecological theory and the notion of identity, this study investigates language uses and identity construction in interactions among students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds in a multilingual university. Individual and focus-group interviews were conducted with two groups of students: Hong Kong (HK) and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Multilingualism, Group Dynamics, Self Concept
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Gao, F. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2009
Language is not only a method of communication, but also a mechanism of power. The ethnographic research reported in this article documents how a group of Korean students, who are participating in a bilingual Korean school in Northeast China, construct their language attitude and practice. Research findings indicate that the Korean students value…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Bilingualism
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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Humphreys, Gillian; Miyazoe-Wong, Yuko – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
In spite of long-standing political tensions between Japan and the People's Republic of China, Japanese remains a highly popular language to learn in Hong Kong. This is evidenced by the growth in number of Japanese-related courses and programmes offered at schools and universities in the Special Administrative Region. Although Japan is a dominant…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Political Issues
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Yin, Bo; Baldauf, Richard B., Jr. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1990
Describes the situation of minority languages and Chinese dialects, discusses and analyzes language planning and language reform of spoken Chinese, summarizes language achievements made through China's educational system, and discusses the problems that remain for spoken language reform in China. (25 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Chinese, Dialects, Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance