Language Education in China: Teaching Foreign Languages
(6,192 words)

1. Introduction

China has had relations with foreign states for at least 2,000 years; the Qín and Hàn Dynasties (221 BCE–220 CE) developed international exchanges along the Silk Road. The earliest documented case of foreign language teaching, however, was at a Persian language institution, Huíhui Guózǐxué 回回國子學, set up in 1289 to train translators (Fù 1986:7–8). Foreign language teaching develope…

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Yi'an WU, “Language Education in China: Teaching Foreign Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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