“In order to learn English, students and parents spend a lot of time and energy. But with economic and social development, is English really so important?” Xu Jin, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and member of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society, suggested reforming English in compulsory education. The status of compulsory courses.
“In the compulsory education stage, English and other foreign language courses are no longer set as main subjects equivalent to Chinese and mathematics, and the proportion of quality education courses is increased; English (or foreign language) is no longer set as a compulsory subject for the college entrance examination; compulsory education stage students are prohibited Take various unofficial foreign language exams,” Xu Jin said.
He pointed out that in the United States, college graduates usually master 30,000 to 50,000 words. In our country, you can pass CET-4 if you master 4,000 words. In order to attend key middle schools, many elementary school students have obtained an English test certificate equivalent to CET-4 or higher. English teaching hours account for about 10% of students’ total class hours, but English is only useful for less than 10% of college graduates. The application rate of the results is low, and the curriculum is not inclusive.
Xu Jin found through research that the translator can now provide oral translation services in multiple languages including English, food, clothing, housing, transportation, etc., with a level of not lower than Level 6 of college English, and the technology is very mature. The translation software provided by smartphones is more problem-solving than the English “Teaching Objectives” that runs through the entire process of compulsory education. In the era of artificial intelligence, the translation profession ranks among the top 10 professions that are about to be eliminated.
“The low proportion of quality education courses such as music, sports, and fine arts “three elementary subjects” is a practical problem faced by schools at all levels. English courses are no longer set as compulsory main courses, which will solve the problem of lack of time for quality education. Schools should Use sufficient time to cultivate students’ independent thinking ability, practical ability and innovative ability, and promote students’ all-round development.” Xu Jin said.
Therefore, Xu Jin suggested reforming the current situation where the state invested in compulsory education and all students must learn English (foreign language).