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Bilingual teaching in nursing education in China: Evolution, status, and future directions.
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PMID:  21749591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Based on Chinese published literature and personal observations, this article reviews the history of bilingual teaching in nursing education in China, describes its current status and challenges, and predicts its future directions. Bilingual teaching in nursing education enjoys increasing popularity in China. The major factors that affect bilingual teaching are bilingual educators, students' English-language levels, bilingual teaching materials, and teaching models. Based on surveys of nursing schools, the English-language proficiency of the nursing educators varies greatly. The main issues with the teaching methods lie in over-translation, cramming, and limited interaction between the students and the teachers. Despite relatively inadequate English-language proficiency among Chinese nursing students, their interest can be strengthened greatly if international exchanges are available and promoted. Bilingual textbooks are more suitable in China's national context because of pricing and relevance. Although immersive bilingual teaching is the ideal, it is more feasible to begin with infiltrative bilingual teaching and move progressively towards increased English-language penetration. Future directions for improving bilingual teaching include training teaching faculty members, strengthening international exchanges, providing better bilingual study atmospheres, and gradually implementing bilingual textbooks.
Authors:
Wei He; Yu Xu; Jianhua Zhu
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing & health sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1442-2018     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
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Created Date:  2011-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100891857     Medline TA:  Nurs Health Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, Nantong University, Nantong, China School of Nursing, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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