Interculturality in Chinese Language Education

  • Tinghe Jin
  • Fred Dervin

About this book


This book calls for a change in the way interculturality is introduced in Chinese language education, while the demand for Chinese language teaching increases around the world. The concept of culture – as in the phrase ‘Chinese culture’ – has often been one of the main emphases of Chinese language education, providing students with facts about China and ‘recipes’ on how to meet Chinese people and how to behave like them. However, Chinese culture, like all cultures, does not constitute a closed system, but is constantly evolving and exchanging with other cultures.

This unique volume comprises studies from around the world that promote intercultural awareness, dialogue, and encounters in Chinese language education. Written in a clear and readable style, this book will appeal to a diverse readership, from practising and training teachers of Chinese, to researchers interested in language and intercultural education.


Chinese education interculturality language language education china linguistics TFL Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Tinghe Jin
    • 1
  • Fred Dervin
    • 2
  1. 1.UCL - University College London LondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Teacher EducationUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58321-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58322-2
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