- Created: Monday, 15 May 2017 14:07
Why is there so much variation in the performance of East Asian countries in the skills tested by Ielts?
And do the Chinese need to give up their attachment to traditional teaching in L1 in order to excel? Melanie Butler investigates
Jocelyn Wang, head of teacher development at China’s largest language school chain, New Oriental, recently gave a heartfelt defence of the Chinese system of English language training. At this year’s Iatefl conference, she showed video clips of expert Chinese teachers delivering lectures mostly in Mandarin while the students sat in rapt attention, occasionally taking notes.