English Language Education in China: Past and Present provides a comprehensive survey of English language education in China from 1862 to the present, with focus particularly on its rapid development of the last three decades in response to the constantly increasing needs created by China’s social reform and opening up to the outside world. The authors consider political, economic, cultural, pedagogical and linguistic perspectives as they discuss how the tremendous progress in China’s English language education has contributed significantly to the phenomenal spread of English throughout China and to the nation’s integration into the global community.
Thebookbegins with a historical overview of English language education in China, followed by detailed discussions on curriculum and material development, teaching methodology, educational technology, assessment, teacher education, research and international collaboration. In addition, it explores issues and concerns in the broader context of interactions of language, society and culture, especially the humanistic aspects of language education: how people express feelings and attitudes and share ideas through languages such as English. The authors also envision prospects for the future development of English language education in China.
The authors expect that the book will serve as a useful reference for educators, researchers and English language instructors in“a world of Englishes”.