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热点话题:英语教学是否成功?

2015-04-02    来源:普特编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语教学是否成功?
Are English classes successful?

【话题探讨】英语,是必修课也是全球热。从小学开始就接触的英语学习,持续时间长达过十年之久。但大多数的英语学习者还是觉得自己"又聋又哑",即听不懂,也说不明。曾经有专家分析过日本人对英语的"恐惧症",可能是岛国的特殊地理环境以及日本人较为保守的民族性。那作为中国学子,又为什么学不好英语呢?你怎么看?

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.

1. 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.

2. ReaderPS (US)

If the goal is to excel in "English tests" which ]focuses too much on "grammar" and "translation", how can one expect fluent conversational English from pupils and teachers?

Change the structure of the test to measure the ability of using English as the lingua franca in the most natural manner and you will start seeing the difference both in teachers and pupils

3. Plain truth (China)

"Learning English" in China is all about memorizing templates, filling in the blanks, and getting better grades. So basically the "products" from English education in China have generally perfect SAT and GRE grades with nearly no capability to communicate with people in an English-speaking environment.

4. bluesky (US)

I taught Oral English in a rural village in Hunan. The level of English of my high-school students was miserable. In thousands of students, I never met one who could speak with any degree approaching proficiency. The clearest reason to me is the poor quality of Chinese English teachers. While many of them did speak English well, almost all had very strong accents or simply couldn't speak the language they were teaching. I ended up basically teaching 50/50 in Chinese and English so that there would be some comprehension. Ideally I wouldn't have to use Chinese at all, but that would be useless—the students never understood anything beyond single words.

5. Advancement (UK)

I've taught ESL in China. Chinese classrooms from elementary school, middle school, high school, and college are huge. There can be anywhere from 40, 50, 60, or 70 students. One teacher I met had to teach a high school class of over 100 students. Now I am sure everyone knows the answer to this next question of "how can one learn a foreign language in such a class?" The answer is not extremely well. As a result, while the student has learned English for five, six, or seven years, only a small minority can communicate at a somewhat effective level.

6. Michael (US)

As an ESL teacher in Uruguay, it's appalling that people who are less than proficient in English are "teaching" the language. Furthermore, I agree that the written-based approach is outdated. Some of my students can recite the past participle of any verb but can't order a cup of coffee... You do have to learn grammar but the goal should always be to communicate and sometimes we're so worried about testing that we forget why we learn a language in the first place: to understand new cultures, to meet new people, and expand our horizons.

7. Hector (Puerto Rico)

I was taught literal English in my native Puerto Rico which became useless when I moved to NY. I wanted to order a soda pop but we were taught "refresco" which literally means refreshment. The guy didn't know what the heck I was talking about. A good English teacher must be knowledgeable of the culture of the language he/she is teaching.

8. Murray (Japan)

In Japan, the English curriculum is so old … and so is the English they teach! Give high school students 1 hour and a topic they're really interested in and let them write something about it in English. You're lucky if you get more than 2 or 3 sentences. Speaking is even worse!(英文文本 via China Daily)

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. compulsory course 必修课

2. be counted as 被视为,可以看作

3. pupils n.学生,未成年人

4. templates n. 样板( template的名词复数 ),模板,型板

5. appalling adj. 骇人听闻的,令人震惊的 



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