Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sara Ganassin
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In this paper I draw on data from a UK based in-the-field study to illustrate how the focus of Chinese community schooling on Mandarin as heritage language (HL) is controversial. The literature defines how these schools cater for the needs of HL learners motivated by the cultural and affective value of the language. Furthermore, the schools in this study advocated the exclusive use of Mandarin, both as a pedagogic strategy and as an ideological choice to promote a sense of Chinese identity. In contrast, my findings demonstrate how teachers problematised the pupils’ linguistic status (many attributed family relevance to other fangyan ). The fact that teachers considered their pupils as foreign language learners impacted on their teaching practices, their motivation and the ways in which they saw themselves as educators. It also challenged the focus of the schools on Chinese for HL learners and the ideologies underlying it.
Author(s): Ganassin S
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: Being and Becoming a Teacher of Chinese as a Foreign and Second Language Today Conference
Year of Conference: 2017
Online publication date: 22/05/2017
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016