Now here's a mind twister!
"From The Sun -
English our top export
By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
Deputy Political Editor
SELLING the English language is set to be Britain’s biggest export by 2020 — earning £20billion a year.
Gordon Brown wants to cash in on China’s huge demand for English teaching.
The Chancellor will this week launch a plan to set up franchises of famous schools and universities there.
China’s one billion-strong population needs to speak our language to compete on the world stage."
Hmmm... I've met professors who's major was English, who were teaching English full time, and who's English was slipping because they had no use for it outside of the classroom while teaching it to their students. Yet she kept insisting on how useful it was! I'de met a few others likewsie who were fluent in English when they'd left university, and only two years later, it was slipping again! Wow, seems their English was really of use too. One English teacher couldnt' understand half the conversation I was having with a Pakistani because even though she was fluent in English, she only knew 'anglosaxon' English. Another French lady in Beijing was flipping mad one day when the waiter couldn't understand her English, despite both being fluent in it!
But believe me, folks, English is just so useful everyone and his dawg must learn it!
"Eton College and Oxford University already have Chinese campuses.
Eventually every British school and college will be twinned with one overseas.
A source said: “Gordon knows that everyone in the world wants to learn English.
“This is a huge opportunity for us.”"
Just visit a few Chinese forums (www.chinadaily.com.cn (external - login to view)
has a good one) and see how thrilled some Chinese are at the 'anglosaxonization' of their country as a result of yingyu re, otherwise known as English fever, with male foreign 'teachers' going there to spread their seed among the local ladies). Then we have the most reputed universities insisting that a white highschool grads (well, at I suppose they have that at least
) are considered preferable to non-whites with higher qualifications. Don't get me wrong, some highschool grads, surprisingly enough, have sometimes shown themselves to be better teachers than some with B.Eds or Masters in Applied Linguistics (makes me ashamed of my profession!). Scary, innit? And some of the ones who get caught up in this 'white native speaker with a British or US or Canadian accent' are among the educational elites! (University rectors and such!) Hey, you wanted capitalism in China, now you have it! University is business, folks! And the best part is, the Chinese, who earn on average 80 to 100 Canadian dollars a month, are now giving it to the British (talk about the poor helping the rich)!
Capitalism at its best!
"English is compulsory for Chinese pupils from the age of six but there are not enough teachers. "
Actually, that's not accurate. Chinese law requires them to start learning a foreign language as of the age of 10, and some regions give options other than English. the problem, however, is that many parents have been brainwashed that it is so cruicial to be able to communicate with Anglosaxonia... uhm, I meant,... the world, that they will spend their life savings to have their children learn English as of the age of three or earlier, to the extent that some research has found that over the last few years, the average competence of high school students in their native language is lower than that of their parents during their highschool years. Taiwan has already banned the teaching of English in kindergarten due to this very concern, and more newspapers on the mainland have started criticizing it more loudly as well. In the last year, universities have actually started to lighten up on english tests after many years of complaints from students who were held back from their degrees, despite high marks in all other fields, just because of the English test!
"Chinese students will be allowed to work in Britain for a year after they finish college.
An English-learning website will be set up called E-China and the online service in2English is to be expanded.
British education has doubled in value as an export since 2000, earning £10bn.
Mr Brown also praised JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books for spreading the English language worldwide"
Hrry Potter, the epitome of culture! :P