The history of CLT in China
- Dave wrote:
-Around 1980 Professor Li at the Guangzhou University
-of Foreign Studies introduced the communicative
-approach to China. It caused no small stir
-and there was much opposition. Please also remember
--CA caused a stir in the west when it first appeared.
-But around 1990 the education department
-decided to adopt it officially as the way to teach.
-However, there was a lot of resistance to this and
the -government backed down around 1995 instructing
-the teachers to take an eclectic approach (take what
-you like and leave the rest)
I find this history facinating. Do you know if the
1990 edict to adopt CLT encompassed the entire system
or just certain parts (primary, secondary, higher)?
Do you know if this edict altered in any significant
way the content of entrance tests and the content of
- --- Michael Butler <redsable50@...> wrote:
> Dave wrote:Please also remember
> --CA caused a stir in the west when it firstCLT approaches to foreign language teaching were
> -But around 1990 the education department
> -decided to adopt it officially as the way to teach.
> -However, there was a lot of resistance to this and
> the -government backed down around 1995 instructing
> -the teachers to take an eclectic approach (take
> -you like and leave the rest)
> I find this history facinating. Do you know if the
> 1990 edict to adopt CLT encompassed the entire
> or just certain parts (primary, secondary, higher)?
already in place in the seventies in England, when
comprehensive secondary education was introduced and
there was a need to teach foreign languages, in
particular French, to students across the complete
ability range instead of just the top 15%.
I remember my friend, who was French and an
experienced teacher of the grammar-translation school
complaining bitterly at what she saw as the
watering-down of the subject. There wasn't at that
time a centrally-dicatated syllabus, but each school
adopted the approach it chose and there was a general
acceptance that CLT was the way forward with
non-academic students.It went along with a switch to
Spanish by some schools, as it was seen as an easier
language. Where students failed in that there was a
subject called European Studies with a very small
component of actual language content.
I think it is interesting that some teachers regard
CLT in China as appropriate for all students and am
not surprised there is some resistance.