British Government policy on the teaching and learning of Chinese
03 May 2018, 17:30 to 03 May 2018, 19:30
History of Education
IHR North American History Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tinghe Jin, Durham University
Perspectives on the teaching and learning of Chinese in Britain have evolved in response to changing state and cultural ideologies. Religious, academic, military, diplomatic and community interests have exerted influence on the developments, ensuring that understandings of Chinese, as a modern language have never remained static. Since the mid 20th century, a series of official and semi-official reports have sought to address ways of attending to the shortage and quality of Chinese teaching and learning in Britain (for example, Hayter, 1961; Parker, 1986; HEFCE, 1999; CILT, 2007). Most of these reports have focused on the university as being the institution most suited to improving numbers of literate and fluent Chinese-speaking linguists. This paper draws on archival material in order to examine ideologies of Chinese Language Studies from national and institutional perspectives, contributing to the understanding of the factors influencing changes in Chinese Language Studies in university curricula.
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