EFL teachers and English language education in the PRC: Are they the policy makers?

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Title EFL teachers and English language education in the PRC: Are they the policy makers?
Author Li, Minglin
Journal Name The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Philippines
Publisher De La Salle University
Abstract This article explores the relationship between the national English language policy and its implementation at the local level in Chinese schools through the eyes of in-service teachers. Interviews were conducted to examine the policy awareness of EFL teachers in various primary and secondary schools in one province in China. Content analysis was employed to analyze the data to show that EFL teachers were not following the instructions in the national English curriculum to guide their classroom teaching, but were rather critical to the objectives and requirements described in the curriculum. The reason for this was revealed to be the gap between the curriculum policy and practical teaching situations. The results suggested that involving classroom teachers in policy making may help the national language curriculum more applicable and implementable. This may shed light on the question of whether teachers are just implementers or whether they help to shape and develop policy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.philjol.info/philjol/index.php/TAPER/article/view/1852
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 De La Salle University, Philippines. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 19
Issue Number 3
Page from 439
Page to 451
ISSN 0119-5646
Date Accessioned 2011-01-05
Date Available 2011-07-22T06:36:44Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36703
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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