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The Chinese approach to language teaching

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‘My British colleague said recently, “But my Chinese is really awful – I’ll happily sit there babbling away making all sorts of mistakes and it doesn’t bother me.” I replied, “When we hear you doing that we can’t believe that you’re not embarrassed to the point of shame” – because we would be.’

In this article, first published last month in the China Supplement of the EL Gazette, Jocelyn Wan outlines the Chinese approach to language teaching, and explains how the communicative approach clashes with elements of East Asian culture.

Click here to read In classes of fifty, student-centred learning descends into chaos by Jocelyn Wang.

Also in the ClarityEnglish blog China theme:
A CEFR for China? (A study examining the shortcomings of the CEFR in the context of the Chinese education system — politically, linguistically and practically)
China: is technology replacing teachers? (An interview with Paul Liu, Future Education Research Center, South China Normal University, Guangzhou)

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