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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.