[lg policy] bibitem: Foreign language policy and the development of Mandarin Chinese in the United States

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 12 15:18:30 UTC 2012

Foreign language policy and the development of Mandarin Chinese in the
United States
YW Qi, E Lemmer


This paper discusses the development of foreign language policy in
higher education in the United States (US) and indicates gaps in the
study of foreign languages in higher education in that country. A
discussion of current policy, provision, programmes and funding of
foreign languages in higher education are presented, focusing on Title
VI:The provision of the National Defense Education Act associated with
foreign language study. The most recent policy for the teaching of
modern foreign languages in highe reducation and the motivation behind
such policy-making in the US are explored in detail. The extension of
the teaching of Mandarin inspired by rapid economic  development in
China and strengthened by the demands of the language ‘market’ and the
national strategy of the US is investigated. Concrete recommendations
for the policy and provision of Mandarin instruction in higher
education are proposed. Finally,the status of Mandarin in the study of
foreign languages in the US is indicated: the teaching of Mandarin
lags behind some European languages and is generally taught at
elementary level.

Keywords: Language policy and provision, Mandarin Chinese, higher education

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Journal for Language Teaching.   ISSN: 0259-9570


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