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October 24, 2004

The Chinese Issue

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To see the problem, simply look at the seating arrangements during the lectures, and note the clustering. As a matter of priority, people from a foreign background need to be encouraged to spread out and take greater part in their current society. I don't think it is racist to say so – race doesn't matter. Its a matter of introversion as a self sustaining state.

Back to the original blog…

I am sure that the general intention of barring people whose english are so poor that it is a significant handicap does currently exist – simple reality of modern education: lack of places => you leave them to those who can make the most of them. But I doubt there is any conspiracy theory. Rather, there are two reasons:

Conversational english is very different from taught english. The teaching of english generally follows a series of scenarios, plus vocabulary training and grammar learning. Conversations require an innate understanding of the English culture/mannerisms, the ability to improvise and so on. Chinese students seem to take copious amounts of notes – so eventually, they probably understand it.

The whole examination style in China is different. At least, from my experience. There is much more of an emphasis on rote learning and so on. A reasonable revision strategy is often to memorise all possible permutations of a problem, and regurgitate as required! Obviously, this may not be good for actual practical applications.

Bored yet?

Of course, my memory is bad, and my experience is limited.

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