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Advanced Activity Systems

  • Hongzhi Yang
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the three-level contexts of College English teaching. The first section depicts the development of College English in China, including the context and the problems of curriculum and test reform, as the macro-level context of College English teaching. After that, the analysis focuses on the activity system of the Chinese Ministry of Education (CMoE) in relation to the national curriculum reform as well as the national reform implementation style and strategies as the meso-level context. The third-level analysis then presents the activity system of the College English Department where I conducted my study as the micro-level context. Following that, the next section analyses the interactions and the contradictions generated between the activity system of the CMoE and the activity system of the Department. Finally, the last section summarises the impact that these three-level contexts have on individual teacher agency. The results indicate that there is little congruence or shared understanding between the reform requirements and the local needs of the Department.

Keywords

Context of curriculum reform CMoE College English Test Reform implementation The hierarchical power relationships Shared understanding 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hongzhi Yang
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  1. 1.The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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