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Trilingual education in China: perspectives from a university programme for minority students

Liu, J. and Edwards, V. (2017) Trilingual education in China: perspectives from a university programme for minority students. International Journal of Multilingualism, 14 (1). pp. 38-52. ISSN 1747-7530

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2017.1258983


Attention to trilingual education programmes in China has tended to focus on basic education; there had been little attention to date on the higher education sector. The present paper will attempt to bridge this gap by exploring a Yi-English-Chinese (YEC) trilingual education programme through case studies of three Yi students. We will start by briefly exploring multilingualism and minority participation in higher education in China, contextual issues important for an understanding of trilingual education. We will then describe the methodology employed to collect data from the students before analysing the life events which steer them to the programme, the ways in which they position themselves in relation to the three languages, and the implications for the delivery of the programme and the learning outcomes of students.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
ID Code:69270
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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