Full-Text Search:
Home|Journal Papers|About CNKI|User Service|FAQ|Contact Us|中文
《Foreign Language Learning Theory and Practice》 2015-01
Add to Favorite Get Latest Update

A mirror for reflection vs. a screen for projection——A critical reflection of changing emotions in China's English education for the past three decades

Gao Yihong;  
This paper examines intense emotions regarding China's English education in the past 30 years,since the beginning of the economic reforms. These emotions include: 1) euphoria or"craziness"associated with a dream of becoming rich and prosperous,typical of the 1980 s and 1990s; 2) anxiety and frustration due to the disparity between expected and actual achievement,prominent after the mid-1990s; 3) fear and anger,related to perceived threat to the native language and cultural identity,foregrounded in the new millennium,typically in the on-going national reform of entrance exam policies. These conflicting feelings are embedded in discourses of language policy makers,educational institutions,and individual learners.Behind such changing moods is a psychological complex of the Chinese,i. e.,the maintenance and development of Chinese cultural identity,and ambivalent attitudes towards the West. English education is like a screen,onto which are projected contradictory emotions. Such a psychological complex is deeply rooted in the sociohistorical reality of China since the Opium Wars. Yet it is also a result of self-perpetuation through discourse. In the contemporary context of globalization,this screen of projection can be changed to a mirror of reflection,which helps to self-examine our conflicting identity needs. Such selfawareness will free us from fluctuating "craziness"and lead to more dialogical and creative approaches to foreign and native language education.
【CateGory Index】: H319
Download(CAJ format) Download(PDF format)
CAJViewer7.0 supports all the CNKI file formats; AdobeReader only supports the PDF format.
©2006 Tsinghua Tongfang Knowledge Network Technology Co., Ltd.(Beijing)(TTKN) All rights reserved