Open Access Library Journal

Volume 3, Issue 8 (August 2016)

ISSN Print: 2333-9705   ISSN Online: 2333-9721

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Progressing Yet Unsettled: Study on Chinese College English Policies from 1980

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English teaching and learning in Chinese higher education are unique in that it is guided by Chinese Ministry of Education. The paper first elaborates the main features and differences of official College English teaching syllabuses (1980, 1985/1986, 1999) and requirements (2004/2007) for non-English undergraduates issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education after the economic reform and opening up. The syllabuses and requirements are outlined in accordance with the English education developments and the requirements of the socioeconomic development of China in different times. They are guidelines of the College English education to be observed nationwide and direct the English teaching and studying in Chinese colleges and universities. Second, some present problems are cogitated following the discussion: the negative influence of CET, imbalanced education level nationwide, rising English level of middle school graduates, and the choice between English for General Purpose or English for Specific Purpose (ESP). All these will influence the College English syllabus drafts in the future.

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Zhang, G. (2016) Progressing Yet Unsettled: Study on Chinese College English Policies from 1980. Open Access Library Journal, 3, 1-9. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1102703.

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