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Assembly promotes China's education experiences abroad

By ZOU SHUO in Hangzhou | China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-01 10:29

Guests attend the Global English Education China Assembly in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Saturday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

By helping young Chinese English educators publish their research in international English journals, the Global English Education China Assembly has provided insight into China's wisdom and experiences in global English education.

The assembly, which just completed its fifth gathering, has worked with several global English journals to publish special issues for young Chinese scholars who attend to promote the latest research developments and contemporary Chinese values.

Wu Huizhen, an associate professor in business English at Shanghai Business School, said she submitted to the assembly an empirical classroom-based research article about technology-enhanced language learning in 2020, which was published by the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching in June.

The guest editors of the journal provided lots of constructive feedback to help hone and improve her work. The experience helped her better understand what a good, rigorous research paper should be and thus motivated her to pursue high-quality research in the future, she said.

Zhang Ying, an English language scholar who has attended the assembly three times, said her passion for research on learning a second language has grown after listening to talks from world-renowned scholars at the event.

Her study on technology-assisted English learning and teaching was accepted and published in the Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics.

"The assembly has established a valuable platform for young scholars to learn from each other and share studies with other scholars from home and abroad via academic presentations at the assembly and publishing opportunities in highly influential journals," she said.

Wu Peng, a professor at the school of foreign languages at Jiangsu University, said publishing research in international journals is a good way to tell the Chinese academic story to a global audience.

Chinese scholars also need to write in ways that are easily understood by global readers, and analytical and logical thinking is crucially important, he said.

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