What Are the Experiences of College English Teaching in Heilongjiang Province, China?

What Are the Experiences of College English Teaching in Heilongjiang Province, China?

Zhang Baisu (Anhui Industry Polytechnic, China), Qiao Mengyi (Anhui Industry Polytechnic, China), Jin Xiaoling (Anhui Industry Polytechnic, China) and Wang Lixin (Anhui Industry Polytechnic, China)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9775-9.ch006

Abstract

Teaching reform is an important part of addressing teaching standards in China in order to ensure quality in faculty performance and implementation of student outcomes is delivered at the highest degree of excellence in colleges and universities throughout China. This chapter makes a comprehensive investigation in the field of English teaching in 20 colleges and universities in Heilongjiang Province. This chapter will focus on aspects of English teaching reform. The College English Test (CET) is a large-scale standardized test administered nationwide by the National College English Testing Committee on behalf of the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in China. The chapter will describe the role CET 4 & 6, faculty, and scientific research played in the analysis of the findings. This chapter discusses progress in the field of teaching English, addresses challenges and makes appropriate recommendations.
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Background

China’s more modern achievements are quite remarkable. Innovations coming out of China’s research institutions include: the invention of the world’s lightest substance—carbon aerogel, electronic cigarettes, turning urine samples into brain cells, and the cure of a solid cancer by using methotrexate (Neimann & Stelson, 2017). Maglev wind power generators are also a result of China’s exceptional educational experiences as well as the innovation regarding the measurement of neutrino mixing angle θ13, an important contribution to particle physics. Chinese scientists also recently invented a non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test for Down's Syndrome, the synthesis of crystalline bovine insulin, single-mode optical fiber, and stem cell educator therapy: Chinese and U.S. researchers have produced remarkable results for this new treatment of obtaining stem cells from human cord blood to “re-educate” misbehaving immune cells. It is no wonder China’s education system is getting world-wide attention (Neimann & Stelson, 2017).

The goal of China’s curriculum innovation is that it will be felt nationwide (M.O.E., n.d.). The minister for education has designed objectives for new educational infrastructure which includes making the following relevant within the curriculum which has shown to increase student outcomes:

  • Students will understand China’s history and place in the 21st Century, and they will assume responsibility for their personal and national development.

  • Students will respect other cultures and nations and be ready to communicate in an international environment.

  • Students will master the basic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.

  • Students will understand various cultures and a wide range of science applications.

  • Students will have the capacity to process information.

  • Students will develop affection for work ethos so they can adapt in a learning society.

  • Students will develop a scientific understanding of the environment and ecological ethics, to be able to identify, analyze and solve problems in their daily lives.

  • Students will understand and care for society, to form appropriate moral values and behavioral habits to be ready to serve the people and the community.

  • Students will develop sound self-consciousness and independent personality, to take good care of life; to learn to rationally plan and assess her/his own self development and cope with frustration in social life, to be accustomed to regular exercise and healthy living habits.

China’s innovation in the area of math focuses on multiple solutions for problem solving, concept of space development, content of statistics practice and comprehensive application, and the use of calculators and computers as tools (Lu, 2005; Qi, 2003; Sun, 2000).

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