For most Chinese people, English is one of the required skills to achieve further study, find a job or go abroad. People have remained very enthusiastic about English for a few dozens of years. However, during this period of time, many talented people miss working or studying opportunity simply because they are not adept in English. According to figure estimated by media, about 200 million Chinese students are paying all their effort to improve their English skills. The recent reforming of college entrance examination, gaokao, is trying to cool down the English fever and helping the language to return to its original function as a tool of communication.
In December 2007, a 62-year-old lady were learning English in a training center.