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Article: The dilemma: a study of bilingual education policy in Yi minority schools in Liangshan

TitleThe dilemma: a study of bilingual education policy in Yi minority schools in Liangshan
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Issue Date2013
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International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism , 2013, v. 16, p. 451-47 How to Cite?
AbstractBilingual education has been officially implemented at minority schools in Liangshan, Sichuan, P.R. China, for over 30 years. The benefit is evident. It helps significantly reduce the number of dropouts because bilingual education ensures the monolingual Yi pupils to start learning with their mother tongue. Consequently, more Yi students can go for higher levels of education. However, since the dominant Han culture is exerting strong influence upon the Yi, the Chinese language is paid great attention in its bilingual education and the education of the Yi language is watered down. To change this, the prefecture government hopes to find a way, through appropriate policy process, for the Yi students to maintain the minority language and at the same time master the national lingua franca Chinese. But the central–local conflicting policies put the stakeholders in dilemma. The present article attempts to investigate the status quo of bilingual education and its policy process in Liangshan so as to interpret the dilemma and hopefully provide reference for policy improvement.
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dc.contributor.authorDING, Hen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-20T01:14:27Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-20T01:14:27Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism , 2013, v. 16, p. 451-47en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/204961-
dc.description.abstractBilingual education has been officially implemented at minority schools in Liangshan, Sichuan, P.R. China, for over 30 years. The benefit is evident. It helps significantly reduce the number of dropouts because bilingual education ensures the monolingual Yi pupils to start learning with their mother tongue. Consequently, more Yi students can go for higher levels of education. However, since the dominant Han culture is exerting strong influence upon the Yi, the Chinese language is paid great attention in its bilingual education and the education of the Yi language is watered down. To change this, the prefecture government hopes to find a way, through appropriate policy process, for the Yi students to maintain the minority language and at the same time master the national lingua franca Chinese. But the central–local conflicting policies put the stakeholders in dilemma. The present article attempts to investigate the status quo of bilingual education and its policy process in Liangshan so as to interpret the dilemma and hopefully provide reference for policy improvement.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualismen_US
dc.titleThe dilemma: a study of bilingual education policy in Yi minority schools in Liangshanen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13670050.2012.699943en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros240322en_US
dc.identifier.volume16en_US
dc.identifier.spage451en_US
dc.identifier.epage47en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000320498800004-

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