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Problems of China’s English Learning

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As a global language, English is learned by people all around the world. English plays an important role on communication between people who speak different languages. If you can’t speak English, you may be lost in the globalization.

English has been thought highly of in Mainland China since the Reform and Opening-up. There are more and more people joining in the trend of learning English. Not only students, but also other people. Especially the aged citizens, after the government called on the whole country to learn to speak English, when Beijing won the right to hold the 2008 Olympic Games. English learning is very prevalent now. Also English training services. The qualification of English is needed in many places. Such as universities and work units.

But what’s the present status of China’s English learning? How many native Chinese can speak fluent English? Is China’s English education successful or failed?

When I ask these questions myself, I feel very depressed.

In China, when graduation, a college student has worked hard to learn English for ten years. Six in the middle school, and four at university. He also passes CET-4, many even CET-6. He scores very well when he take examinations. However, he can’t talk to a foreigner freely. He can’t understand books of English version completely, either. Writing a paper also seems too difficult for him. Why? It doesn’t make sense.

On the contrary, when you travel to a non-English-speaking country in Europe or South America, you will find many people there can speak English fluently. No wonder that a child there speaks English more fluently and originally than an adult in China.

So, how these happen? What’s the problem of China’s English education system? And who should be responsible for the ugly situation?

If you find you get little after spending many years learning a language, even you spend much more time and effort on it than what you do in your native language learning, what do you think?

People can list many reasons that bring the problems of China’s English learning. But the most important point is, what a language education system should be?

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Author: jleecute

a native Chinese man who wants to know the world better -------- We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopeless is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.

11 thoughts on “Problems of China’s English Learning

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  2. 我还是每篇都来看看(实际上我看的第一篇是关于THE OLD LIVE ALONE的)
    EVEN THOUGH,中国的英语教育问题由来已久,但我觉得最主要的,不是FOREIGNERS感觉说的流不流利,而是从中国的英语教育,我们可以发现更多的问题.以小见大,中国的教育也很失败.
         英语作为一门语言,而在我们的教育中更注重的只是如何写作文,做语法选择,做变态的填空,做白痴的听力(请问外企关心我们的英语写作水平,作选择填空题能力,难道正常的语言交流老外会说得像慢速英语吗?) 在我看来,中国的英语教育根本被搞畸形了,首先,它没有注重这门语言的文化,历史,其次,它要求的应用水平也太低,只是对中国胃口而已,而面对全球话趋势,CHINGLISH无能为力.
        其实我认为整个中国的教育就是失败的,比如科举废除了,高考难道不是新科举,在这种畸形的教育环境,这种畸形社会中诞生的中国英语教育系统也只能是畸形儿了 

  3. I think the problem is we study English as a foreign language not a second language.

  4. 看到你的留言了,谢谢光临啊!中国的英语学习问题大家一直讨论了很久,有人说是环境,但是在同样的环境下如果能有人学得好那就证明这个观点是站不住脚的,还有人说是教育体系,那同样的教育体系下为甚莫会有人可以做的很好,即使不能像native speaker,但是总不至于张不开嘴,所以在考虑外部因素的时候最好要先从自己的角度考虑一下自己做的是否足够。毕竟现在在大多数的地方,尤其是城市学习英语的环境并不只是仅仅提供一个高分低能而已。只是自己的看法。不过你写的挺好的。

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  6. Dying in the sun
    to me,it is a song for the past.
    u must be a smart guy,hehe.nice to meet u.

  7. Dying in the sun
    to me,it is a song for the past.
    u must be a smart guy,hehe.nice to meet u.

  8. :0   i can speak english fluently,but i will must speak english in japan.

    it\’s painful. because i don\’t speak japanese.^_^!

  9. hi,jesse:
    出门了一趟刚回家了,呵呵,看你留言了,见笑了.
    很喜欢你写的这篇文章,在看哪!
    祝好噢!

  10. 呃……那啥……第一我是回访的……
    第二,都是英语真牛逼……我看得懂听得懂……但是写跟说还差得远……楼下那位还是不错的……
    嗯嗯~欢迎继续光临寡人的空间~HOHO

  11. I can read and write, and I can get a high mark in the examination, but I can not speak English fluently. I think the poor education system is the main reason for the current ugly situation. But it is not the time to complain. We should improve oral English by ourselves.

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