Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning Beliefs and Practices: The Confucius Institute Project

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Year: 2017
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Language: english
Pages: 152 / 145
ISBN 10: 1783098058
ISBN 13: 9781783098057
Series: Multilingual Matters
File: PDF, 1.24 MB
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Name:Soft Power and the Worldwide Promotion of Chinese Language Learning Beliefs and Practices: The Confucius Institute Project

Author :Jeffrey Gil

Indroduction:’The Confucius Institute Project’ – consisting of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, the posting of Chinese language teachers to overseas schools and universities and the Chinese Bridge language competition – represents an attempt by China to extend its influence globally through the use of soft power. Facilitated by a rapidly increasing demand for Chinese language learning, it has established a presence across the globe and made valuable contributions to the learning and teaching of Chinese. However, this has not necessarily led to an increasingly positive view of China, either at a political or a societal level. Through an analysis of official documents, interviews with those involved, a survey of Chinese-language learners and a study of academic and media sources, the author evaluates the aims of the project, and discusses whether these aims are being met.

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