In light of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, many mainland Chinese universities have been promoting non-English foreign language programs at the undergraduate level. This study explores how the growth of these non-English languages mediates students’ commitment to learning English. To examine these programs we collected a variety of data on curriculum design, teachers and learners through online and physical archive research. Our analysis reveals a significant leap in bilingual education, but many non-English foreign language programs need to cope with challenges related to ‘unrealistic’ curricula, a lack of qualified teachers and low quality program intakes. Without carefully coordinated efforts to address these challenges, the Great Leap Forward in non-English foreign language programs may turn out to be a grand fiasco in the end.
高校非英语外语专业课程发展反思 Reflections on Recent Developments of Non-English Foreign Language Education in Chinese Universities