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Developing language policy research in China

Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes, Chair in Applied Languages and Executive Dean of the Faculty, recently visited China as the 2017 China State Language Commission Distinguished Visiting Professor of Language Policy.

Helen was hosted by Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and undertook a variety of activities during her stay, including a talk for scholars at the Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences, two lectures for post-graduates and faculty at SISU, a journal article writing workshop for postgraduates and emerging scholars, and a public lecture at Beijing University of Language and Culture. Helen also gave one of the plenary talks at the Second Shanghai Emerging Scholars in Applied Linguistics Forum.

In her role as Co-Editor in Chief of Language Policy, the leading international journal in the field, Helen has been aiming to support the development of language policy scholarship in China and as part of her visit she also gave a talk at China’s and one of the world’s largest book publishers, the Commercial Press.

Helen has also been invited to join the editorial board of the press’s newly developed Chinese Journal of Language Policy and Language Planning, which has an international editorial board led by renowned Chinese language policy and planning scholar Professor Yuming Li.

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