English Curriculum in Higher Education in China for Non-English Majors

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Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 3)

Abstract

In China, the Ministry of Education mandates that English be taught at every college and university as a compulsory subject. This course is officially called College English and is taken by students in scientific fields and all other disciplines other than English language majors. Since the 1970s when China began to adopt the policy of opening to the outside world, College English teaching in China has undergone a gradual development. By examining changes in the various syllabi established for College English in the past 30 years, the author reviews different instructional practices in accordance with different syllabi at each stage of development and points out advantages and disadvantages of recommended instructional practices. Changing goals for English instruction for non-English majors over time are related to the changes in social and cultural contexts in China. The author also reviews the development of College English textbooks and the assessment practices of College English. Bilingual teaching with English as the medium of instruction is now encouraged in colleges and universities in China and is discussed in this chapter.

Keywords

English Proficiency Bilingual Teaching English Teacher English Learning English Teaching 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Foreign Languages and CulturesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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