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The 5th Work-in-progress seminar :Book Launch: English in the Chinese Foreign Classroom

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  • Date25 March 2014
  • Time2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • VenueRoom 811, THEi Building

Work-in-progress seminar series: Book Launch: English in the Chinese Foreign Classroom


Speaker:        Dr Dani WANG, Teaching Fellow / GE  

Date:               25 March 2014 (Tuesday)

Time:               2:30-4:00pm

Venue:            Room 811, THEi Building


Book synopsis

Chinese is an ancient language, but the present scope of its global study is unprecedented. Comprehending the impacts of worldwide linguistic realities on ‘Chinese as a Foreign Language’ (CFL) teachers and students will be critical to its long-term success. The most important phenomenon has been the establishment of English as a lingua franca, especially in the expanding marketplaces of Asia. This book examines the role of English as a medium of instruction in CFL classrooms. It begins by integrating existing studies on the global spread of English with research on English as a medium of second language acquisition. Several valuable empirical analyses from actual CFL classrooms serve both to validate the use of English as a lingua franca and expose that much more work needs to be done to ground this practice in deep sociocultural and ecological settings. The author advocates the development of a new pedagogy that emphasizes taking account of specific cultural, social, and political contexts in order to reach an ever-more diverse body of students. The book concludes with a discussion of the role of English in China’s national education system and social development, as well as predictions about the future relationship between Chinese and English.

About the author

Danping Wang is an Assistant Professor at the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). She graduated from Renmin University in Beijing in English Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics and obtained her doctorate from the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Dr. Wang has taught Chinese as a foreign language at Universities in Beijing and Hong Kong. She has published several articles in both English and Chinese journals.

The 5th Work-in-progress seminar :Book Launch: English in the Chinese Foreign Classroom