A Bilingual Education Pilot Project among the Kam People in Guizhou Province, China

Author(s): Pan, Yongrong; Geary, D. Norman

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Abstract This paper surveys China's minority education situation in general & bilingual education situation in particular, with special reference to the interaction between education, language, & culture. There are still many speakers of Kam (approximately 1.5 million), but the Kam language & culture are in decline. A 9- year bilingual education pilot project may help arrest the decline. The project is underway in Zaidang primary school, Guizhou province, China. The languages taught are Kam & Chinese. The origins of the Zaidang project are described & details of the curriculum taught are outlined. Progress in the first 3 years has been promising. Plans for the next 6 years are briefly outlined, including some areas that need ongoing research. Five more primary schools in the neighborhood of Zaidang introduced Kam preschool in September 2002, to run for a trial period of 3 years. Some theoretical support for the Zaidang project is presented. 20 References. Adapted from the source document
Publication Title Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Date 08/2003
URIs http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01434630308666502
Keywords Anthropology
BILINGUAL EDUCATION
Bilingual Education
Bilingual education
Bilingualism
CHINA
CULTURES
China
Chinese
Cultural studies
Culture
Curriculum
Education
Elementary Education
GUIZHOU PROVINCE
Guizhou province
KAM PEOPLE
Kam Tai Languages
Kam people
Language
Language Maintenance
Linguistics
MINORITY
Minorities
Minority Languages
Minority cultures
PILOT PROJECT
Pilot project
Schools
Sociology
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