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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: China's ESL Goals and Objectives: Are They Being Met?
Author: Niu Qiang
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Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Author: Teng Hai
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Institution: Xinyang Agricultural College
Linguistic Field: General Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: 'The incompetence of many graduates from high schools or even colleges and universities to communicate effectively in spoken and written English is related to the teaching methods in China. Students are usually spoon-fed, listening and taking notes with teachers standing at the front and doing most of the talking.' (9/28/00, ChinaDaily, He Mei 'English Teaching Method Faces Challenge') 'Most of us begin studying English at 12 or even younger. By the time we graduate from the university, we have studied English for over 10 years. However, the result is awful. Many students can say nothing but some simple phrases. Even for some English majors, writing an article in English also means nothing other than making countless mistakes.' (6/9/00, China Daily, Deng Di, 'Language Education Should be Reformed')

Were the above but an isolated comment or two, they would not be worthy of our time to address. Unfortunately, it is all too often spoken by frustrated university graduates and repeatedly heard by us, in one form or another, during our travels throughout China.

It is with the above quotes resonating in our minds that we have embarked up writing this paper in an attempt to share an experiment aimed at remedying the situation of which the above authors are heard to complain.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In Jury Review


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