LINGUIST List 25.4107

Fri Oct 17 2014

Books: Trilingualism in Education in China: Feng, Adamson (eds.)

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Date: 15-Oct-2014
From: Helen van der Stelt <Helen.vanderSteltspringer.com>
Subject: Trilingualism in Education in China: Feng, Adamson (eds.)
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Title: Trilingualism in Education in China
Subtitle: Models and Challenges
Series Title: Multilingual Education
Published: 2014
Publisher: Springer
                http://www.springer.com

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/book/978-94-017-9351-3

Editor: Anwei Feng
Editor: Bob Adamson
Hardback: ISBN: 9789401793513 Pages: 275 Price: Europe EURO 99.99
Abstract:

This book examines language policies and practices in schools in regions of China populated by indigenous minority groups. It focuses on models of trilingual education, i.e. education in the home language, Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese, the national language), and English (the main foreign language). Special attention is given to the study of the vitality of the minority home language in each region and issues relating to and the effects of the teaching and learning of the minority home language on minority students’ acquisition of Mandarin Chinese and English and on their school performance in general. The book also examines the case of Cantonese in Guangdong, where the local Chinese ‘dialect’ is strong but distant from the mainstream language, Putonghua. It takes a new approach to researching sociolinguistic phenomena, and presents a new methodology that emerged from studies of bi/trilingualism in European societies and was then tailored to the trilingual context in China. The methodology encompasses policy analysis and community language profiles, as well as school-based fieldwork, and provides rich data that facilitate multilevel analysis of policy-in-context.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            Chinese, Yue (yue)
                            English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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