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Language Education in ChinaPolicy and Experience from 1949$
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Agnes S.L. Lam

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097506

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097506.001.0001

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Propagating Standard Chinese

Propagating Standard Chinese

(p.33) 2 Propagating Standard Chinese
Language Education in China

Agnes S. L. Lam

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter serves as a review of a policy initiated about half a century ago. The policies of Putonghua propagation and the use of standardized characters are still maintained with renewed rigour. While the policies have in general been very successful, there are still students going through education, especially at the primary level, in their dialects among the poorer rural areas, particularly in the interior. With more access to education and population movements to big cities and perhaps more inter-dialectal marriages, Putonghua may emerge as the home language for more Han Chinese people, particularly in urban areas, in the years to come. As China becomes more international in its outlook, attention is being focused on the learning of English but this very openness will in turn attract foreigners to learn Chinese and enrich the pedagogical openness of Chinese language education in China.

Keywords:   Standard Chinese, Han Chinese, Putonghua, English, Chinese, Education

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