Towards a Multilayered and Multidimensional Analysis of Multilingual Education: Ideologies of Multilingualism and Language Planning in Chinese Higher Education

Xiuwen Chen, Fred Dervin, Tracy Tao, Zhao He

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abstract

Against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative, the study reports on the ideological construction of multilingualism in higher education in mainland China. Through a new methodological approach combining intertextual discourse analysis and thematic analysis, this paper concentrates on the interplay of ideologies towards multilingualism between the macro-(national/provincial) and meso-(institutional) levels. We examine 22 political texts issued by agents of different levels, and sixteen paratexts containing language issues discussed by educational administrators and language education experts. The analysis of the texts reveals that there is a gap between the two levels in terms of the variety and connotation of terms related to foreign languages. The analysis of the paratexts identifies three categories of recurring values of languages and four categories of benefits from foreign language (education), among which the pragmatic value of foreign languages for national development is the most significant. Moreover, institutional agents mentioned the instrumental value of languages for personal development and their global cultural value. The multiple perspectives on multilingual education in the Chinese context demonstrate the complexities of the ideological construction of multilingualism in this early phase of diversifying multilingual higher education, which generate important implications for policy makers in China and other countries.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Issues in Language Planning
Volume23
Issue number1
Number of pages24
ISSN1466-4208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • ENGLISH
  • Higher education
  • NEOLIBERALISM
  • POLICY
  • language ideology
  • language policy
  • multilingual education
  • multilingualism
  • 516 Educational sciences

Cite this

@article{6bfd71d2dfad4232a9eb5714d0305e7c,
title = "Towards a Multilayered and Multidimensional Analysis of Multilingual Education: Ideologies of Multilingualism and Language Planning in Chinese Higher Education",
abstract = "Against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative, the study reports on the ideological construction of multilingualism in higher education in mainland China. Through a new methodological approach combining intertextual discourse analysis and thematic analysis, this paper concentrates on the interplay of ideologies towards multilingualism between the macro-(national/provincial) and meso-(institutional) levels. We examine 22 political texts issued by agents of different levels, and sixteen paratexts containing language issues discussed by educational administrators and language education experts. The analysis of the texts reveals that there is a gap between the two levels in terms of the variety and connotation of terms related to foreign languages. The analysis of the paratexts identifies three categories of recurring values of languages and four categories of benefits from foreign language (education), among which the pragmatic value of foreign languages for national development is the most significant. Moreover, institutional agents mentioned the instrumental value of languages for personal development and their global cultural value. The multiple perspectives on multilingual education in the Chinese context demonstrate the complexities of the ideological construction of multilingualism in this early phase of diversifying multilingual higher education, which generate important implications for policy makers in China and other countries.",
keywords = "ENGLISH, Higher education, NEOLIBERALISM, POLICY, language ideology, language policy, multilingual education, multilingualism, 516 Educational sciences",
author = "Xiuwen Chen and Fred Dervin and Tracy Tao and Zhao He",
year = "2020",
doi = "https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2019.1706336",
language = "English",
volume = "23",
journal = "Current Issues in Language Planning",
issn = "1466-4208",
publisher = "Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group",
number = "1",

}

Towards a Multilayered and Multidimensional Analysis of Multilingual Education : Ideologies of Multilingualism and Language Planning in Chinese Higher Education. / Chen, Xiuwen; Dervin, Fred; Tao, Tracy; He, Zhao.

In: Current Issues in Language Planning, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2020.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Towards a Multilayered and Multidimensional Analysis of Multilingual Education

T2 - Ideologies of Multilingualism and Language Planning in Chinese Higher Education

AU - Chen, Xiuwen

AU - Dervin, Fred

AU - Tao, Tracy

AU - He, Zhao

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - Against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative, the study reports on the ideological construction of multilingualism in higher education in mainland China. Through a new methodological approach combining intertextual discourse analysis and thematic analysis, this paper concentrates on the interplay of ideologies towards multilingualism between the macro-(national/provincial) and meso-(institutional) levels. We examine 22 political texts issued by agents of different levels, and sixteen paratexts containing language issues discussed by educational administrators and language education experts. The analysis of the texts reveals that there is a gap between the two levels in terms of the variety and connotation of terms related to foreign languages. The analysis of the paratexts identifies three categories of recurring values of languages and four categories of benefits from foreign language (education), among which the pragmatic value of foreign languages for national development is the most significant. Moreover, institutional agents mentioned the instrumental value of languages for personal development and their global cultural value. The multiple perspectives on multilingual education in the Chinese context demonstrate the complexities of the ideological construction of multilingualism in this early phase of diversifying multilingual higher education, which generate important implications for policy makers in China and other countries.

AB - Against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative, the study reports on the ideological construction of multilingualism in higher education in mainland China. Through a new methodological approach combining intertextual discourse analysis and thematic analysis, this paper concentrates on the interplay of ideologies towards multilingualism between the macro-(national/provincial) and meso-(institutional) levels. We examine 22 political texts issued by agents of different levels, and sixteen paratexts containing language issues discussed by educational administrators and language education experts. The analysis of the texts reveals that there is a gap between the two levels in terms of the variety and connotation of terms related to foreign languages. The analysis of the paratexts identifies three categories of recurring values of languages and four categories of benefits from foreign language (education), among which the pragmatic value of foreign languages for national development is the most significant. Moreover, institutional agents mentioned the instrumental value of languages for personal development and their global cultural value. The multiple perspectives on multilingual education in the Chinese context demonstrate the complexities of the ideological construction of multilingualism in this early phase of diversifying multilingual higher education, which generate important implications for policy makers in China and other countries.

KW - ENGLISH

KW - Higher education

KW - NEOLIBERALISM

KW - POLICY

KW - language ideology

KW - language policy

KW - multilingual education

KW - multilingualism

KW - 516 Educational sciences

U2 - https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2019.1706336

DO - https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2019.1706336

M3 - Article

VL - 23

JO - Current Issues in Language Planning

JF - Current Issues in Language Planning

SN - 1466-4208

IS - 1

ER -