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Q: Considering your future in EFL?

It's official...no more English for the Gaokao starting in 2017. 

Schools and training centers that touted the "extra edge" with English prep for middle school and high school students will have to revamp.

International programs are supposed to also be under the gun and replaced with "premier schools" managed and run by our friends in Beijing.

 

Go for the pearl before the clam closes!

3 years 30 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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Do you have a link to your source Sino?

 

If true, this will have an immediate effect:-(

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I found this, for example:

 

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/kindle/2013-12/09/content_17161488.htm

 

It says English won't be on the Gaokao in 2017. Students may take an English test twice and use their highest score. Wait, looks like they can take the English exam twice a year for three years and count the highest score. Yes, that's alarming. That's all the info I can gather from the article. What 'English test'? Who knows?

 

Do you really think they're going to lay off all the Chinese English teachers in this country? Never mind us (you), what about them? 

 

Not gonna happen.

 

A link about the 'premier' schools would be nice, but I'm not going to worry about it.

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Ah...so as part of the Master Plan, do they expect the rest of the world to start learning putonghua then?

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People don't put their kids in English classes so they can score the Gaokao.

They make them learn English so they can get the fuck out of China and hopefully have a decent uni education somewhere else.

 

The ESL business won't move an inch.

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http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/861004.shtml

Reform of the English test in gaokao is the result of compromise, but it won't alter the core of the college entrance exam. Pressure for learning English has extended the length of time spent on studying by students, starting at kindergarten for many children. Reform of the English test is expected to affect other issues in China's basic education. It should be supported and encouraged. 

 

I'll stay till I still can get new positions or keep my current one, which looks promising with some part-time.

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I think that's probably a good move for China. The gaokao system is just so asinine as it is that any indication they're going to start reforming it is probably a good thing.

 

The fact is the vast vast majority of people here probably have no use whatsoever for english in their lives, nor does scoring highly on the gaokao english section probably correlate with real communication ability.

 

Those lessons are expensive so it probably also skews the results even more in favor of the wealthy.

 

China doesn't need 500 million people who can barely speak a few english phrases. It needs probably 5-10 million who can speak it well.

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This doesn’t really change the job market that much, what it will clearly does is create an “institution” awash in corruption and fraud. I don’t care for the current way of teaching oral English, but this isn’t the answer. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse.

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Uh oh. The doomsday sayers are back. They are changing the gaokao. No one said anything about removing english from schools. Infact the interview i saw said specifically that they will NOT phase out english from schools. This is more of a reform of the gaokao than english. Gaokao english scored mean zip. Every company and university use the CET. Theu are looking at removibg the gaokao completly and using grade averages from highschool instead so it makes sense that foreign language would be the first to go.

Yes your going to hear farmers yelling from the rooftops that english is useless because china is so great now and we should all be studying chinese but take a quick look at chinas economy structure and anyone can see english is more important that ever.

Im not saying everything will be great. But everypnes got in a tizzy before over nothing. Perhaps its best to wait and see if it has any effect whatsoever.

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A) What was the question?

 

B) Pretty sure Chinese teachers do the gaokao prep.  Maybe it will hurt the Chinese English teachers, but us expats are here for marketing, conversation, and so rich parents can show their friends and families pictures of their kids and white teachers on Wechat and QQ Zones. Just don't rock the boat and you will be fine.  

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