Announcer Cao Ri:
In the seventeen years which have passed, since china’s first opening up,knowledge of English is now considered increasingly essential by a large number of Chinese people, even by those in less developed areas.
Our reporter Ma Jing recently visited a privately-owned English language school In North Shandong Dezhou and filed this report.
Reporter Ma Jing:
In this small shabby room in the isolated city of DeZhou, these children are fascinated by their young energetic American teacher.
The kids mostly under six years old have already learned dozens of English rhymes and songs in their one month of English classes.
In another classroom ,the children who have studied a little more than six months already understand a fare amount and are able to hold simple conversations.
These classes were set up by just ordinary local citizen Chen lei with his own life savings. He gave up the chance of living in the United States and returned to his small hometown to try and promote knowledge of English there.
We use our special text books to help the children to think in english, and by now i think this method is very successful.
Reporter Ma Jing:
Instead of stuffing the kids with grammar and endless vocabulary, Chen Lei is trying to introduce a new method of teaching English to young learners, one which kids can learn while playing.
The two American Teachers at the school ,who he recruited from the US by flying and posting ads ,cooperate well with Chen Lei.
US teacher Dawn:
I love this job, I love the children, and that makes the job the best thing in the world for me.
Reporter Ma Jing
In this rather backward part of the country,there are not many chances for children to learn more about the outside world. With the acquisition of the English language, they will have a firm grip on the tool which will help them know the world better.
Nearly twenty years after china’s opening up, knowledge of english is now considered essential by a large number of Chinese people, even by those in less developed areas such as here in De Zhou. By letting the children to take English Classes, parents hope it will give them a competitive edge when they grow up. And this may also equip China better on its march towards modernization. Ma Jing CCTV News De Zhou.
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