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  • Volume 2015

    Is the Chinese Cultural Policy in Africa a Threat to the Teaching and Learning of the Spanish Language in Nigeria
    (International Journal of Art, Culture, Design and Language)

    Vol. 1, Issue 1, PP. 14-18, June 2015

    Keywords: Spanish Language, Mandarin, Chinese Cooperation, European Modern Languages

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    The growing influence of China (as an emergent bower) in the world is having serious cultural and linguistic repercussions in many African countries. Indeed, besides contributing enormously to the selling and “exportation” of the Chinese language and culture, this influence is tremendously attracting the attention of many potential learners from African countries to want to acquire the Mandarin. Accordingly, the Mandarin is progressively viewed as “the tongue of the future” and its learning is considered a strategic venture susceptible to lead to attractive academic and professional opportunities in future. Africans’ relatively favorable attitude towards the Mandarin is partly owing to a subtle, fruitful and very visible Chinese socio-economic and cultural cooperation in most African countries, notably Nigeria. This cooperation – which has solid linguistic and cultural components – is, in effect a series of multifaceted investments or initiatives partly aimed at stabilizing the teaching and learning of the Mandarin in African countries. This paper attempts to show how the more or less predictable expansion of Chinese language in Nigeria may be a threat to the learning – and consequently the survival – of not just local indigenous languages, but equally minor modern European languages such as Spanish. Based on semi-structured interviews with experts and secondary data, the paper explores the linguistic and cultural components of the Chinese cooperation in Nigeria and compares them to those of other European countries such as France and Spain.


    Endong, Floribert Patrick C.  Department of Modern Theatre and Media  Studies, University of Calabar, CRS, PMB 1115, Calabar, Nigeria. (+234) 706 729 7673, 

       Essoh, Ndobo Eugenie Grace, Department of Modern Languages and Translation Studies, University of Calabar, CRS, PMB 1115, Calabar, Nigeria. (+234) 813 0516 631,

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    Endong, Floribert Patrick Calvain  , Essoh, Ndobo Eugenie Grace, "Is the Chinese Cultural Policy in Africa a Threat to the Teaching and Learning of the Spanish Language in Nigeria" International Journal of Art, Culture, Design and Language, Vol. 1, Issue 1, PP. 14-18, June 2015.


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