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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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(p.175) 5 Conclusion
Language Education in China

Agnes S. L. Lam

Hong Kong University Press

In this chapter, the major findings on learner experience in the last half century in China have been summarized and the implications for the study of multilingualism have been discussed. Some current trends in language education in China in the teaching of Chinese, the promotion of English and the development of minority education have been highlighted and a few areas for further research have been pointed out. It remains for me to hope that a multilingual orientation in studying language education in China can continue to be adopted, not only because that is a more fruitful approach to understand the circumstances in China but also because a multilingual outlook to linguistic developments around the world is more culturally enriching. In modern human history, the language that spreads to other nations is often the language that has economic and political power. When the English-speaking world loses its pre-eminence by those yardsticks, other European languages and Asian languages may return to their former positions in the world. Hopefully, no single language will predominate over the globe ever again and the world will be truly multilingual.

Keywords:   Multilingualism, Language education, Minority education, English, Chinese, China

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