What Are The Main Problems For English Learners in China?
There are many behaviors and simple acts of conduct that may or may not be considered appropriate in any given circumstance or country. There are multiple examples for specific regions of this world. In this assessment, I would like to focus on China. Mandarin is the main language, within which there are multiple dialects. In a way, I can see a similarity between the English language and that of China. Taking the major English speaking countries of the world, that’s including the United Kingdom, United States, or any other speaker of English in the first language including Australia. Every country has words that if not in slang, are spelled, worded, or pronounced differently. This leads me to the following question “What are the problems involved for learners in China”? There are many aspects to this. One of which I believe to be of extreme importance is that of respect to the students, and the respect that the students have for you.
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Respect and etiquette appear to be one of the most important aspects of education among many countries, specifically Asia, China is no exception. Having different cultures, religions, socioeconomic environments and media are among some of these. Respect I believe is very important not just for the students but parents alike. I believe if respect is lost then so is the student which is unacceptable. There are many ways to gain or earn respect. It is of utmost importance that the appropriate attire is worn “Conservative suits for men with subtle colors are the norm” (www.cyborlink.com). Respect comes in many ways to every individual on earth therefore I believe cultural understanding is essential. Learning a native-speaking language in any country would not be easy. There are many complications, not just the languages but also adjusting to the teacher.
Media representation and history may not be the same as given in any designated country to teach, which generally infers a difference in opinion or ideal. This is not just a problem for learners in another country but teachers alike. This brings me to the topic of materials and available resources, including literature, tools, and the internet. Having been to China for a traveling holiday you can quickly see the dramatic change from Beijing to the outer provinces. Every one of these would have access to different resources, many of which would not have the usage of a library or the internet. Sadly enough some do not even clean water. Therefore I will explain in my conclusion my thoughts on exactly what it would be like to learn Mandarin in Australia, It would have very many of the same and also inverse reactions.
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I strongly believe that in any country that small advantages may not be advantageous at all and that in some cases can become quite detrimental to learning. When referring to specific countries or regions, wealth and the availability of resources are of extreme importance to education. That being said there are many complications and difficulties in Australia for English speaking learners including family, friends, respect, sexism, racism, or any other faculties of life. Teaching in China would and shall be different from teaching in Australia, the learning also goes both ways. Therefore I will say education is not an easy task for both the learner and educator in any circumstance.
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