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English has no legacy in the People's Republic of China . After the establishment of a new China in 1949, the use of English was replaced by the Russian Language as the foreign tongue spoken in the country in the 1950’s. The substantial change toward teaching English language in China didn’t occur until late 1978 when Deng Xiaoping (China's president from 1956 to 1997) came to power. English was once again prominent as the main foreign language being taught in various schools in China. It was not long after in the early 1980s that English was restored as a compulsory subject in the national college entrance examinations.


With the open-door policy being established, quite a number of Chinese students had the chance to travel abroad to receive higher education in foreign countries. English was considered as a means of changing an average Chinese expectation in the motherland, where upon the language was seen as a tool to better understand the west and to serve the country better.


On the contrary, Chinese people now regard English primarily as an indispensable tool which can make easier access to modern scientific and technological advances to the countries where English is the major language.


With the economic progress China has made over recent times, it was now possible for it to enter into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the successful bid for The Olympic Games in the year 2008.

English is fast becoming the most popular and dominant foreign language in modern China.

At this time, China needs and will continue to study English rather urgently. In order to function, and become economically efficient within the global marketplace, China still needs to bring a large number of people to a higher proficiency level in English for a wider variety of functions. Success of teaching the English language, and learning it, depends greatly on understanding English as a tool for communication.


Therefore, if a student is to be encouraged to speak with confidence, it is a foreign language teacher’s duty to help their students overcome shyness and fear of speaking and understand the fact that Chinese learners of English, can use the language effectively without having to feel guilty.


Modern communications, such as TV and the internet make people far more exposed to an English-medium environment which was not very common in the past.

  "The Spring of English has arrived in China ."
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