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Should English be removed from school curriculum?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-03-10 09:24


If Chinese in China only want to live, work and do business in China, then the only language they need is Chinese. However we are now living in an interconnected world - connected by transport, internet and ideas. The only way to catch up with the rest of the world is to learn the language most people are currently using. The English language is not simply a language for speaking to your English speaking employer or business partner.

There are two very important reasons why you learn the language. Much of the latest research is written in English. If you cannot read the research the first time it is published, you will always be one step behind. Knowing the language, understanding the concept presented by the research paper and discussing it with researchers around the world is the way to stay ahead in innovation. It is time to move from being a factory to the world to a research capital of the world.

Language is also the key to understanding someone else culture, to get to know another person better, to build a stronger connection. Developing business around the world requires business relationships to be built, and the most common language to reach out to other nationalities is English. Having a common language brings two people closer together, which an interpreter can never achieve.

Foreign languages education in China has played important educational and social functions. [Photo/Xinhua]
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