Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2022.2050604
Title: Salvaging Mandarin education in Singapore through community
Authors: Lee, Cher Leng 
Phua, Chiew Pheng 
Keywords: Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Linguistics
Language & Linguistics
Singapore
Mandarin
mother tongue
bilingualism
community
language education
POLICY
Issue Date: 11-Mar-2022
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Citation: Lee, Cher Leng, Phua, Chiew Pheng (2022-03-11). Salvaging Mandarin education in Singapore through community. CURRENT ISSUES IN LANGUAGE PLANNING. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2022.2050604
Abstract: Singapore is a multiracial nation with a majority ethnic Chinese population. Since its independence in 1965, it has adopted an ‘English-knowing’ bilingual policy to achieve economic, social, and political objectives. For the past two decades, there has been a rapid increase in the percentage of ethnic Chinese Primary One students coming from primarily English-speaking families. This has caused the government to move the teaching and learning of Mandarin in a new direction. Mandarin has only become a less-taught language after 1979, causing a shift in home language for the primary school students. Acknowledging this sociolinguistic change, the government adjusts the curriculum and places emphasis on the complementary role of community-based learning. One needs to take into consideration the changes in sociolinguistic profile of this multiracial nation to appreciate the rationale of how the less-taught language–Mandarin has been managed.
Source Title: CURRENT ISSUES IN LANGUAGE PLANNING
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/226671
ISSN: 1466-4208
1747-7506
DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2022.2050604
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