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?