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

Liu, J; Edwards, V; (2017) Trilingual education in China: perspectives from a university programme for minority students. International Journal of Multilingualism , 14 (1) pp. 38-52. 10.1080/14790718.2017.1258983. Green open access

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Abstract

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. This paper will attempt to bridge this gap by exploring a Yi-English-Chinese trilingual education programme through case studies of three Yi students, using the ‘River of Life’ constructivist technique – where participants map turns on a river to represent critical incidents in their life histories – to promote reflection. The findings focus on life events, such as family relocation and change of schools, which steered students to the trilingual Yi-English-Chinese programme; the different ways in which students position themselves in relation to the three languages; and the implications of mixed ability classes, limited teaching resources and the absence of appropriate pedagogies. While the delivery of the programme presents serious challenges and the learning outcomes are often disappointing, the pragmatic gains associated with the programme are substantial in terms of students’ access to employment in their home region and opportunities for further study.

Type: Article
Title: Trilingual education in China: perspectives from a university programme for minority students
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14790718.2017.1258983
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14790718.2017.1258983
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Trilingualism, ethnic minorities, higher education, China, Yi
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066890
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