Learning English is more and more prevalent in China.
June 18, 2011 10:29am CST
I m going to gratuade from university in a fel weeks and my dream is to be an English teacher. You know, learning English is more and more prevalent in China, both in urban areas and rural areal. Most children in urban areas even begin learning English at years of three or four. Of caurse many of them is not intersted in learning English, however, their parents told them learning English well could bring them brighter future. What's your opion about this phenomenon? And do you have some suggestions for English learners.
• United States
19 Jun 11
Here in the United States, we learn Spanish. We have a lot of areas here full of Hispanic people and it's good for us to be able to communicate with them, and plenty of us have spanish roots. A lot of our products come from China, so since China is always doing business with us here in the United States, this must be why it is stressed over there. I'm trying to learn Spanish, because I don't see myself having a use for any other language, and I am hoping to someday marry my Mexican sweetheart! It's been so hard to learn using the game on my iPod touch, but it's better to be able to play a game and hear the words over and over. But the number one way to learn a new language is to have conversations. So if you're learning a new language, find someone who can teach you with conversation. If you can, find someone on a video chat to safely have conversations with, and practice on the internet too.
19 Jun 11
It cannot be helped. China, as a growing nation, must adapt to globalization and international relations. It must spread its wings if it wish to have a stake in the global arena. Since China's goals is very high, it expects its citizens to cope up with the skills needed to communicate with other people and other cultures via the international language of English. Somehow, it somewhat funny. It's Europeans and Americans are learning Chinese languages and Chinese people are learning to use English. I guess we should all cover all bases just to communicate with each other. Practice and exposure are always key in learning another language.
21 Jun 11
I do agree with you that the purpose is communication. However most children don't understand why they have to do this. And English exam is a very important part for students to continue their study. I think sometimes it's too excessive. As you mentioned, language learners need mor practice and exposure, so most students just learned how to pass the exam but not communicate.
21 Jun 11
I guess that is always the problem in formal education of a second language. The emphasis is always on correct usage and not on the communicative use. This why some students don't retain the information or lesson quickly and easily because they learn from a textbook method and not on a practical and daily use. Even if Chinese students know the purpose of learning English, it will still be hard road since I don't think that the Chinese and the English language share similar characteristics. Also, English language also derives some words from other countries like France, Spain and other culture present in the US today. I think it will too much pressure to have Chinese students learn these foreign words that the English language borrowed from other languages.