English in China's universities : past and present
Date of Issue2015
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Language and Communication Centre
By many, the recent popularity of English in Chinese education, at all levels of learning, has been seen as a very modern phenomenon, which followed the opening of China in the late 1970s. In fact, the learning of English in China has a long and partly forgotten history, not least at the level of higher education. From a historical perspective, it is salutary to remember that English medium universities and colleges were first established in China in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today, all the state-run key universities in China are officially Putonghua-medium, but despite that, English has an increasing presence in university education, both in the classroom and in the personal lives of Chinese university students.
© 2015 [John Wiley & Sons Ltd] This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by [World Englishes], [John Wiley & Sons Ltd]. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/weng.12133].