English Education in the Chinese Classroom

  • Clay WilliamsEmail author
Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)


In this chapter, the topic shifts from the teaching and learning of L1 Chinese to how English is taught as a foreign language in the Chinese-speaking world. Tracing the roughly 200 year history of English education in China, the author presents the various risings and fallings in the popularity of English as a subject of study, as well as the ever-changing schools of thought concerning effective pedagogy. Overviews of the histories of foreign language education in Taiwan and Hong Kong are also made. Common educational practices in both the West and in East Asia are contrasted, exposing the inherent conflict between Western pedagogical theories and East Asian classroom culture which makes both Chinese teachers and learners sometimes hesitant to accept certain practices and methods from the past half-century.


Foreign Language English Learning Communicative Competence English Education English Language Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Akita International UniversityAkitaJapan

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