Changing Attitude for Bilingual Education in Liangshan, China
This study examines the changing attitude of Yi students as well as that of theirparents and teachers in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. It alsoexplores its relevance to the implementation of language education policy in atypical bilingual school in Liangshan. Questionnaire surveys were conductedamong 98 Yi students in Grade 6 of a bilingual primary school followed byin-depth interviews with 20 parents and 10 teachers. The findings indicate thatYi students, their parents, and the teachers all hold a positive attitude towardsthe Chinese language, considering it a key to success in education and futurecareers. Their positive attitudes greatly promote Chinese language educationin the school while the development of Yi language literacy has been neglectedin spite of an explicit policy of Yi language education. The conflict between thetop-down favourable policy and the language attitudes at the grass-roots levelmakes Yi-Han bilingual education hard to implement.