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Title: Change and continuity: Chinese language policy in Singapore
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Keywords: Bilingualism
Chinese Language
Language policy
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Tan, C. (2006). Change and continuity: Chinese language policy in Singapore. Language Policy, 5(1), 41-62.
Abstract: This paper discusses the language policy for Chinese Language or Mandarin in Singapore, with a particular focus on recent policy changes and the accompanying policy statements. The paper identifies and explores three key features in the recent language policy changes: a flexible and customized approach in the teaching and learning of Chinese, a plan to nurture a core group of bicultural elite, and the emphasis on oral communication and reading for the majority of students. The paper argues that underlying the changes is the affirmation and continuation of the government’s pragmatic approach in language policy and commitment to bilingualism in Singapore. The paper analyzes the language policy changes for Chinese in the context of recent educational reforms and the prevailing ideology in Singapore.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Language Policy. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1568-4555 (print)
1573-1863 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1007/s10993-005-5625-7
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