The Irony of China’s Education: You’re Better Off Learning Chinese Abroad

The Irony of China's Education: You're Better Off Learning Chinese Abroad (Image: In 30 Minutes Guides/Flickr)
The Irony of China's Education: You're Better Off Learning Chinese Abroad (Image: In 30 Minutes Guides/Flickr)

A Weibo post, “Learning Chinese in Chinese universities is not as effective as learning it abroad” has triggered a great discussion.

Lu Yang, from Beijing University, sent a post on Weibo that aroused heated debate: “The president of Yale University started a joint project with Beijing University a few years back that allowed Yale students to study at Beijing University, but Yale halted it two years ago. The teacher in charge said the main reason was Yale’s dissatisfaction with the curriculum because the students who returned were unable to catch up with continuing courses when they returned home.”

This was apparently because the loose structure of Beijing University’s curriculum prevented students from catching up upon their return to Yale. Netizens, on the other hand, praised the Chinese curriculum at Yale: “Yale’s curriculum is really good. Although the degree of difficulty and speed in advancement is astonishing, it stays close to real life and is fun. In comparison, the concept of teaching Chinese to foreigners is probably the same as it was 30 years ago.”

Research by: Monica, Aizhu, Cecilia

 

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