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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)






China's Ministry of Education has released a draft reform plan for Gaokao, the national college entrance examination, making it clear that English will not be included in Gaokao in the future. What's more, there will be no more English classes for grade one and grade two students in primary schools. Recently, the English exam reform has sparked heated debate across the country. For more than 30 years, three generations of Chinese people have been involved in English craze. English has long been a major chip in education and employment.


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After the reopening of the Gaokao in late 1970s, universities and colleges in China began to attach more and more importance to English. Photo shows Jeanne Ray, an English teacher from Australia teaching students majoring in English in Nanjing University, Jan. 24, 1979. (Xinhua/Gao Meiji)

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Since the Reform and Opening up in 1978, many shopping malls and hotels in large and middle sized cities started to focus on staff's English training in order to provide better service to foreign guests. Photo shows staffs in Arts and Crafts Service Store in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, learning English in their spare time, Dec. 5, 1978. (Xinhua/Zhang Shenming)

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In early 1980s, televisions started to appear in Chinese homes. People from all over the country started to learn English through this device. Photo shows CCTV broadcasting FOLLOW ME, China's first situational English teaching program introduced from the BBC in early 1982. The program was popular across the country at that time. (Xinhua)

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English fever continued to heat up; English corners appeared in parks, squares, and schools in many cities. Photo shows young people practicing English in an "English World" activity in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, July 28, 1985. "Xi'an English World" was set up in 1985 by Shaanxi Foreign Languages Study Institute in Xingqing Park. Every Sunday, hundreds of people would participate in the activity

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Some Chinese athletes to participate in international competitions took English study as an important "training" course. Photo shows Wang Junxia, Chinese long-distance running champion, studying English in her spare time, April 5, 1995.

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In late 1990s, China began to bid for Beijing Olympics. Once again, English craze swept around the whole country. Photo shows bus drivers and conductors studying English in a bus after work, Sept. 2, 2000. That year, the Beijing Public Transport Corporation carried out a campaign for English study within the whole system.

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