Removing English as One of the Three Core Subjects Within Chinese 9-year Compulsory Education System?

Chinese ‘Two-Sessions’ : the 4th session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
This is the initial motion that Mr. Xu Jin put forward. Don’t worry if you cannot have a good understand of Chinese because I will elaborate on his proposals in the following part of this blog.

The delegate proposals

In accordance with some headlines, news bulletins, both in English and in Chinese, and most importantly, his original yet succinct diction, the delegate’s perspectives may as well be paraphrased and classified as followed:

Only 1 in 10 students in China will make use of English after graduation.
CAT: Computer Asistant Translation
Students’ Extracurricular Activities

My Rebuttals and Defence for English

While there is, to some degree, much rationalisation or justification in Mr. Xu Jin’s proposals, I still take issue with his motion that ‘English’ is supposed to be removed from core units within current Chinese course curriculum in primary schools and secondary schools. And I would like to make some rebuttals and defense for the foreign language to be blamed based upon Xu’s three points of view listed above:

Elementary Maths Within Chinese Middle School Curriculum
The father figure of British Romantic Poetry in the late 18th and early 19th century: William Wordsworth
Students under the heavy burden of homework
Test-taking techniques, rote-learning and cramming for exams for the purpose of pass Chinese Gaokao once per year (National College Entrance Examinations)



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store


Youth is not a time of life — it is a state of mind.