Year after year, the local newspapers raise the same questions as this raised by the China Post article published on April 18th, 2005…
According to a recent poll, a vast majority of students feel immense
pressure to learn English.
The survey, organized by the People First Party caucus in the Taipei
City Council, polled 1,180 fifth and sixth graders about their reasons
for learning English. Eighty-eighty percent responded that they felt
intense pressure to learn the language while 84 percent studied
English at cram schools outside of their regular schoolwork.
Actually, this plays very nicely, albeit somewhat late!, into the
discussion of students learning of English… and their exam
Are we placing too much emphasis on ‘traditional’ learning methods, at
the expense of creating a positive environment for children to learn
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