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Identifying and contextualising the key issues

Jin, T.; Dervin, F.

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F. Dervin


F. Dervin


This chapter reviews current research on the intercultural component of language education and discusses its relevance for Chinese language teaching and learning. Basic concepts such as culture, identity and the very word ‘intercultural’ are problematised. The chapter highlights four aspects of Chinese language education: Chinese language ‘worlds’, diverse contexts, identities of learners and identities of teachers. Based on these diverse and changing elements within Chinese language education a perspective of ‘interculturality’ is advocated. Other chapters in this volume investigate and address, in turn, questions pertaining to Chinese language education in relation to ‘interculturality’.


Jin, T., & Dervin, F. (2017). Identifying and contextualising the key issues. In T. Jin, & F. Dervin (Eds.), Interculturality in Chinese language education (1-22). Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Publication Date May 2, 2017
Publication Date May 2, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 2, 2020
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 1-22
Series Title Palgrave studies on Chinese education in a global perspective
Book Title Interculturality in Chinese language education.
ISBN 9781137583215


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Jin T., Dervin F. (2017) Identifying and Contextualising the Key Issues. In: Jin T., Dervin F. (eds) Interculturality in Chinese Language Education. Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, London, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:

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