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wchao37 Post time: 2019-1-29 17:12
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Would the faculty of Chinese universities feel strange if a group of American students gather in open spaces and communicate with one another only in English?
No, but they probably WOULD complain if the students were being too loud. Obviously you have never been to a "common area" in an American University. They have very little decorations on the walls, which tend to be concrete, or stone, which allows sound to reflect and amplify easily. They generally have high ceilings and small kiosks from which juice, milk, coffee, tea, and snacks can be ordered. They also have signs which request students talk in a low to normal tone of voice so that they do not disturb other users of the common area.
Would any Chinese faculty be talking about barring these American students from enrolling in the masters program?
No, and neither was Duke University. The students in question were already IN the Master's Program.
The Chinese would actually feel very strange if relatively new American students gather as a group in common areas and talk only in Chinese!
Only if they were xenophobic. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few Americans, as well as other foreign nationals, who take Peking University's Chinese language courses in Beijing, and they have no problems with practicing their Chinese, with each other, in public areas, because it gives them a chance to correct each others' mistakes, and use the language of the host country. They understand that the more you use a second language, the better you get at speaking and understanding it, unlike Chinese students who balk at using English outside the classroom because others will feel they are being stuck-up, and laugh at them.
Oh, and where do you get the "relatively new" part from? Chinese cannot directly enter an American Master's program because their Chinese Bachelor's degrees are not recognized. They would have to go through the American four-year Bachelor's program first.