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Are English classes successful?

( Updated: 2015-02-27 08:27

Editor's note: According to the Ministry of Education, there were 300 million English learners in China in 2013. English is taught as compulsory course from primary school in China, but many still feel "deaf and dumb" after studying it for many years. What's the problem? You're welcome to leave your comments.

Bacon (China)

I'm a Chinese college student studying English as a major right now. And I do think the English education in China can be counted as a failure. Many teachers can't speak fluent English, especially those in non-urban areas. The students are not encouraged to actively use the language, and much of what the teacher does is presenting the structural analysis of sentences, teaching the kids different grammar rules.

Are English classes successful?

Photo shows Fan Jimei, a teacher in No. 23 Middle School in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, giving English class to students with television, Jan. 22, 1979. (Xinhua/Shi Panqi)

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