This Day, That Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Item­fromDec13,1984,in Chi­naDaily:An“EnglishCorner”has­beense­tupinBei­jing forthose­whowant­to­prac­tice spo­kenEnglish.

The­cen­ter,spon­soredby theIn­sti­tu­te­ofFor­eign Af­fairs,is­aplace­forEnglish learn­er­stolis­ten­tospeeches and­joindis­cus­sion­with­stu­dentsandteach­ers­fromthe in­sti­tute....

The phrase English Cor­ner refers to an in­for­mal study area for English, where Chi­nese and for­eign in­struc­tors hold ses­sions for as­pir­ing stu­dents.

The em­pha­sis is on im­prov­ing the oral English skills of the par­tic­i­pants.

As more Chi­nese par­ents look for ways to give their chil­dren a head start in school, a new mar­ket for preschool English in­struc­tion is emerg­ing.

A re­cent re­port pre­dicted that the next few years could be the “golden age” for the de­vel­op­ment of such a mar­ket in China, which is ex­pected to grow at an an­nual rate of more than 20 per­cent.

The re­port, In-depth Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Forecast of China’s Chil­dren English Train­ing Mar­ket, 2013-2017, noted that there were about 180 mil­lion chil­dren un­der the age of 8 and more than 20 mil­lion ba­bies are born an­nu­ally.

Kids Read, an in­ter­na­tional read­ing for plea­sure project, kicked off in Bei­jing two months ago, mark­ing the first time that it has been rolled out in China. The project is ex­pected to boost Chi­nese stu­dents’ mo­ti­va­tion in learn­ing English.

It will reach more than 1,400 stu­dents of six un­der­priv­i­leged pri­mary schools in the cap­i­tal. Each of the six schools will re­ceive a mini li­brary of around 200 books.

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