China’s drive to teach English stalls in the west

This article looks at China’s drive to improve English language education which started at the beginning  of the 2000s. This includes the reform of textbooks and moves to teach English from as early as age 6.  One problem in the Western province of  Gansu, where it was introduced in 2005, is a lack of quality teachers. The article also reports arguments that reform of English education also requires reform of the examination system. And it reports that private language schools are moving in where the state system is failing to tech English effectively. Guardian, 2 August 2011. Read more…

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