Language policy in research assessment in China’s higher education context

When:16 Aug 2018, 4pm - 5pm
Venue:UNSW Australia - Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building High Street Kensington Sydney, NSW 2052
Who:UNSW School of Education
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With the higher education internationalization drive, the Chinese government has shifted its focus in research policies to “Chinese culture going out, Chinese academics going out”. In this talk, I will first review the language policies embedded in a series of research assessment policies released by the Chinese government during the last fifteen years or so. A detailed analysis of the implicit language policy embedded in the country’s quest for world-class universities as in the “Coordinate Development of World-class Universities and First-class Disciplines Construction Overall Plan” will be provided. Then I will draw on the data of three empirical studies on Chinese multilingual scholars’ scholarly language beliefs and practices to illustrate the repercussions of macro-level policies on individual academics’ language practices. The findings are discussed to shed some light on the complex interplay between macro-level national higher education development plan, meso-level institutional research assessment and management, and micro-level individual academics’ agency and practices.

About the presenter:

Yongyan Zheng received her PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Hong Kong, and is currently Full Professor in the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, China (2017-present). She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Georgia State University (2016/2017), and was a Tin Ka Ping Visiting Scholar at the University of Hong Kong (2013/2014) and Swire Scholar in Hong Kong (2006-2010). Her research interests include bilingual/multilingual development, academic literacies, and language planning in higher education. Her publications have appeared on Language Policy, System, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Language Awareness, English Today, Journal of English as a Lingua Franca and The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher.

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