Comparison and Contrast Between Chinese and English Education Cultures

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Comparison and Contrast between Chinese and English Education Cultures



Comparison and Contrast between Chinese and English Education Cultures
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Abstract: The difference between Chinese and British education will bring a huge impact on the will-be overseas Chinese students. By illustrating Chinese and British education culture differences in learning methods, center of class, teaching approaches, and the importance attached to teachers and textbooks, this article aims to provide students who desire to study in the UK with awareness of education culture differences and make good psychological preparations.
Key Words: Chinese/ British education cultures; differences; reasons This
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1.3 The learning and teaching method As the old saying goes “practice makes perfect”, most Chinese students are forced to cope with large numbers of examinations from primary school to university. Whether understood or not, after years of training, Chinese students have been very good at the memory of facts and figures, but also very accustomed to the practice in which teachers give a summary of the key points of each chapter so that students can review lessons and prepare the exams. If one course is finished, the teacher does not make any conclusion and the key part of that class, students will often feel no harvest and unsafe, that the teacher's teaching methods should be improved. Opposite to our teaching method, in the UK and many Western countries, the discussion focuses on the students’ understanding of the learning methods. Students do not need to remember those facts and concepts that they can not understand. Teachers encourage students to fully understand the intrinsic link between the fact and after that naturally to remember that knowledge. Taking language teaching as an example, language teachers in the UK are often surprised to find that Chinese students have very solid and comprehensive knowledge of grammar and the extraordinary ability to memorize words, but also deeply depressed
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