Learning or becoming: Ideology and national identity in textbooks for international learners of Chinese

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Danping en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-08T22:37:38Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Cogent Education 3(1):1140361 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 2331-186X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33373 en
dc.description.abstract Textbooks in foreign-language education are by their nature ideological, representing the dominant culture and values. This study attempts to critically examine the discourse in language textbooks, specifically those used for Chinese as a foreign-language education in Mainland China, in order to reveal the national identity embedded in them. Drawing on a corpus-based analysis, this study found the frequency of referring to “nation” in relation to China far exceeded that of other countries, indicating that aspects of Chinese national identity may be emphasized and foregrounded. Furthermore, content analysis revealed five major aspects of national identity in the textbook, forming part of the social and cultural knowledge that only native speakers could be expected to have. The study finds that current Chinese as a foreign language textbooks contain a large part of the learning content involves topics pertaining to Chinese moral and civic education, which may not be of the interests for international language learners. The study ends by suggesting offering open discourse to enable a higher level of classroom participation of international learners, and to develop an intercultural understanding of cultural content in the curriculum. en
dc.publisher Cogent OA en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Cogent Education en
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dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.title Learning or becoming: Ideology and national identity in textbooks for international learners of Chinese en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/2331186X.2016.1140361 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.volume 3 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Author en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 614184 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Cultures, Languages & Linguist en
pubs.org-id Asian Studies en
dc.identifier.eissn 2331-186X en
pubs.number 1140361 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-06-09 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2016-02-01 en

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