Growing Up Multilingual with Chinese Heritage: Learning From and With Young People

The next China-UK Exchange Forum - Growing Up Multilingual with Chinese Heritage: Learning From and With Young People- will take place on 24 May 2024 - 09:00am BST. Scan QR at the bottom of the article to join.

China - UK Forum - 24 May

About the UK - China Seminar Series

The Confucius Institute regularly invites academics and experts worldwide to give talks at the China Seminars Series about the latest research in language studies, language teaching, international relationships and economics, and other topics.

The China Seminar Series is an annual project organised by the SCI designed to host a number of talks across the year by renowned academic and professors from around the UK and China.

The seminars cover a variety of topics, including Chinese language education, cross-cultural communication, Chinese philosophy, Chinese history and Chinese agriculture among others. In order to promote cross-cultural dialogue between our British and Chinese colleagues, the UK-China Seminar Series was created.


Growing Up Multilingual with Chinese Heritage: Learning From and With Young People

"Growing up Multilingual with Chinese Heritage" focuses on the lived experiences of 11-18-year-olds, enabling them to share their stories of spanning multiple languages and cultures. The project encompasses a global and a local strand: at global level, over 130 essays, photographs, pictures, collages, videos and songs were collected, whereas, at local level, a series of focus groups are in process for inviting the views of children and young people local to Sheffield. Crucially, the project embraces co-constructive principles, working with a group of seven young people (11-16-year-old) as co-researchers. These co-researchers advise and shape research questions, assist with data analysis, and get involved in the writing up of the research, to ensure the entire project is continuously viewed through the lens of young people's experiences. In this presentation, we will be talking about the underlying principles of co-production and its advantages, as well as sharing data from our global call.


For this fascinating discussion, we will be joined by Dr Sabine Little from the University of Sheffield and Dr Yue Zhou from the University of Sheffield. The following are their biographies:

Dr Sabine Little

Dr Sabine Little
Dr Sabine Little

Dr Sabine Little is Senior Lecturer in Languages Education at the University of Sheffield, and Director of Education in the School of Education. She convenes the UK Literacy Association’s Special Interest Group on Literacy and Multilingualism, and her work on Sheffield’s multilingual children’s library has been awarded the international Brenda Eastwood Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Her work focuses on links between multilingualism, identity, and belonging.

Dr. Yue Zhou

Dr Yue Zhou
Dr Yue Zhou

Yue is a dedicated researcher in applied linguistics and languages education. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, engaged in a co-produced project with young people that explores their experiences of growing up multilingual with Chinese heritage. Her research interests lie in multilingualism and education within migration contexts, with a keen focus on the wellbeing and identity of minoritised learners. Her work involves close collaborations with multilingual children, families, teachers, and schools in the UK. Yue completed her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Cambridge, where she investigated the wellbeing experiences of young heritage learners, aiming to foster a positive, connected, and meaningful journey of language learning and development.

When: 24 May 2024 - 9am - 11am 

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