Learners and users of English in China

@article{Yang2006LearnersAU,
  title={Learners and users of English in China},
  author={Jian Yang},
  journal={English Today},
  year={2006},
  volume={22},
  pages={3 - 10}
}
  • Jian Yang
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • English Today
Just how many millions are there? China’s huge English-knowing population of 200–350 million is often cited as evidence of the language being nativized in the world’s most populous country. We may note, however, that the words user and learner are used interchangeably in reference to its speakers of English. When however the focus is on the nativization of English in China, a country in Kachru’s ‘Expanding Circle’ of Englishes, it is imperative to distinguish between users and learners of the… Expand
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