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Why Do Chinese Scholars Speak Poor English on TV? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-7-23 13:01:34 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pnp at 2019-7-23 17:04

As a regular viewer of CGTN, the English language broadcaster, I am very disappointed with the poor standard of spoken English of many of the Chinese scholars invited to the studio to give their opinions on current affairs!  Not that I expect them to speak like  English professors, but they don't even make themselves understood!  And their incoherent, rambling, hesitating, style makes watching them more of a torture than a pleasure!  Their faulty pronunciation and poor grammar add to their woes!  Foreigners have no other choice as CGTN is the only English channnel available in China!  One must ask the obvious question, "How do they get to be scholars and professors when they have such poor English?"

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Post time 2019-7-23 13:46:28 |Display all floors
CGTN should do itself a service by only inviting scholars and professors who speak reasonably good English, as that enhances its image as an English language broadcaster, and of course it helps vierwers understand what is discussed.  It defeats the very purpose of current affairs programs if viewers have to struggle to understand what the scholars are trying to convey, and quite often have to give up and switch off!

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Post time 2019-7-23 14:08:26 |Display all floors
There is too much tolerance of poor spoken English on TV; time to clean up!  When scholars speak like that, they set a poor example for Chinese students of English!

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Post time 2019-7-23 16:38:07 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pnp at 2019-7-23 17:19

Current affairs programs are usually short, like half an hour, yet viewers are subjected to much time wasted waiting for these scholars and professors to put their thoughts together in English!  And when they finally speak out, it is often in broken English, which is a torture to the ears!

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Post time 2019-7-23 18:11:37 |Display all floors
Strange, China's decades old English education, from primary school to university, and beyond, produce such results!

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Post time 2019-7-23 21:43:17 |Display all floors
chinese students learn english for a long time, from the 3rd grade in primary school through high school to college. it's not uncommon for many college students to spend 1/3 or even 1/2 of their time on english, because they've got band 4 english test at the end of the 1st year and band 6 in the 2nd year, then the 3rd year to the 4th year the graduate school admission test or TOEFL or IELTS.  these tests are becoming harder these few years.

for many students, english is an endless nightmare, the whole college is almost repeating processes of memorizing english words and grammar, and working with those boring-to-death simulation test books, then repeat the cycle to be ready for the next test, the same as they have always been doing since primary school.

right from the beginning english is only another test subject, all they know about english is only text book and work book, or words, grammar and tests.  few of them read interesting english books, let alone watch english movies etc,  they have few listening and speaking practices because most of their english teachers can't speak much english themselves.

Even after they graduate from college, they don't have the ability to teach themelves more useful english even if they want to.

this is the reality of english learning in china, it's been like this for 40 years.

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Post time 2019-7-24 10:26:13 |Display all floors
vlwow Post time: 2019-7-23 21:43
chinese students learn english for a long time, from the 3rd grade in primary school through high sc ...

Looks like you are pretty well informed!

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