English as First Foreign Language, French as Second Foreign Language in China:
Policy and Practice, Xingzi ZHANG

In recent years, increasing numbers of Chinese citizens are learning French, which is one of the most popular second foreign languages in China. In this paper, China’s English and French language education policies and their practices are analyzed from the following aspects: historical development of English and French as foreign languages in China; current situation of English (L2) and French (L3) education in China, such as national program, national language tests, etc.; similarities and differences in L2 English and L3 French education. It is found that Policy has a great influence on foreign language education in China. Dramatic increase of English and French education are achieved after its promulgation. However, in terms of the aims of education, the age of learners and their status in China, the two languages and different.

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