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October 05, 2004

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Actually, before I went into Middle school to begin to learn English following our national education system, I attended a pre-session program in my primary school during the summer vocation. The same as the teaching methods which the teachers use in the following years, I enjoy the short very much, according to my memory. On one side maybe this is the first approach to a foreign language, on the other hand, frankly speaking, I like that teacher’s voice. Until now, the sweet sound and a marvellous language, sometimes, still come into my dream. Middle school, senior high school, everyday, we did the same thing in the class. Teacher leaded us read the vocabulary, then analysed the text and explained the grammar points. However, after class, each day, we did the same homework. Cope the new words until remember them, do the exercise books one by one until get a pleased mark. Of course, this the level of a “good” student. You also can not do the countless questions and not remember the endless new words. In fact, we only have 10% senior school graduates having the chance to enter Universities. Fortunately, I am the 10%. And unfortunately, I still be here to have dealing with infinite words and grammars. College life is quite more interesting compared with the former studies. To an English major, exactly, business English major, we face more courses related to English. We have Intensive English, Extensive English, Grammar, Translation, Oral English, Writing for Special Purpose, and so on. Actually, to many courses, we followed the way which we are quite familiar with in high school and senior high school, even the textbook, it seems the same format. Only seldom courses, such as Oral English, our students could have more chances to exhibit ourselves in the class. However, during the four years, we also had some teachers who would like to change the oral English class to listening practice. Here I do not want to say the teacher-centred environment is not good. But should we care about the scale of the teacher-centred, when we put it in the second language education. Just like, everyone could see and know the way from Beijing to London in a map, however, not everyone could find the right way when they begin to walk. Luckily, after my graduation, our college introduced me to work in a training school as a teacher of English and secretary. This short experience, I think, gave me a lot. This training school is the biggest one in the city of Kaifeng, Henan Province, China. It provides all levels of English courses to people who have different aims. For instance, Christ English to Young Learners, we usually provide to children from 3 to 12 years old; Cambridge Young Learners English, the students may better in age group of 6–12; Oxford English, the best choice is also the students in primary school. We have 4 levels of New Concepts English to secondary school students or to adults who have the appropriate level, the same as Look Ahead series. We also have some special trainings to people who would like to promote their oral English, to people who would like to pass some examinations, for example, TOFEL, IELTS, our national English test CET-4, CET-6, and so on, and to groups who would like to give a short time specific English training to their employees.


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