TITLE

Development of English Language Education in Ethnic Minority Schools in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

AUTHOR(S)
Youhan (Goihan), Gao
PUB. DATE
December 2011
SOURCE
Intercultural Communication Studies;2011, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p148
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since the establishment of the People's Republic, China has undergone various changes in language policy, both in standardization of indigenous languages of ethnic minority groups and enhancement of foreign language education. Until 2001, bilingual education through Mandarin Chinese and Mongolian had been the main focus of language education in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. However, following the introduction of compulsory English Language Education in all the regions of the nation in 2001, little attention has been given to the issue of foreign language and trilingual education within ethnic minority schools in China. First of all, this paper is aimed at reviewing the existing policy of ethnic minority language education and the English language policy in China. Second, an analysis of a questionnaire survey will show the actual situation and the problems arising in English Language Education in Inner Mongolia. Third, an overburden in language education, the unsatisfactory educational materials and learner's preference for mother tongue use in the English class will be observed. Ultimately, the author suggests that a more interventionist language policy remains essential to overcome the major issues encountered in language education in China's ethnic minority schools.
ACCESSION #
73029703

 

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