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Why is English compulsory in China's public schools? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2015-5-25 13:31:08 |Display all floors
27% of the World population speak English, so as it stands it's the best choice.

Esperanto should have been looked at more and taught Worldwide.

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Post time 2015-5-25 13:52:07 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2015-5-25 12:25
The fact that CHinese people's English is so dismal (in 9 out of 10 cases) has a lot to do with  ...

You seem to be making a case for Esperanto here. I don't buy that the Chinese read less than others, but for the sake of argument, I'll take your word for it. If that's the case, then they need a language they can learn quickly and forget slowly, no?

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Post time 2015-5-25 14:00:36 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2015-5-25 12:34
China has strategic goals in which foreign language skills among its people could matter, and I  ...

I don't know about precisely now, but just about five years ago, a Chinese who knew Polish could earn up to three times the English salary, and French earned about 1.1 times the English salary. A company would even pay to relocate a Spanish speaker, and another one would hire an unqualified Japanese speaker and teach her accounting.Meanwhile, I'be come across unemployed English speakers. So whatever strategy the government has in mind, it's clearly not economic. How does it benefit from labour shortages in other languages and and unemployed English speskers.

And again, last I checked, the prelingually profoundly deaf can't learn to understand an oral language, so learning English to communicate with them is silly. Those planning to work in special education, deaf education, social services, etc. could benefit from a sign lsnguage, as could certain trades where a sign lsnguage is easier than oral speech.

As for accessing literature, many quality books are available in other languages but not English.

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Post time 2015-5-25 14:35:33 |Display all floors
Caged Post time: 2015-5-25 04:36
So poorer countries like China should try to match Finnish funding? Isn't that like  advising your ...

China is not poor, it only invests into wrong places. Education before space programs, nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers.

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Post time 2015-5-25 16:15:38 |Display all floors
Is Finnish Sign Language not one of the official languages of the Finnish Constitution? I think China could learn from that example at least.

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Post time 2015-5-25 17:27:43 |Display all floors
Caged Post time: 2015-5-25 10:15
Is Finnish Sign Language not one of the official languages of the Finnish Constitution? I think Chin ...

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. The rights of the people who need sign language to get service are protected by laws. Same goes for people who use saami (native language in Lapland) as their first language.

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