Stu­dent clears English lan­guage bar­rier in classes

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By QIUQUANLIN in Shen­zhen

It took about three months for Chen Huiy­ing to be­come ac­cus­tomed to the English­language teach­ing classes at the Chi­nese Univer­sity of Hong Kong, Shen­zhen in Guang­dong prov­ince.

“In the first sev­eral days af­ter my col­lege stud­ies be­gan, I needed to spend al­most an en­tire af­ter­noon read­ing through a chap­ter of an English-lan­guage book,” Chen said.

“It was re­ally a big chal­lenge when I was in class at first. English is the ma­jor lan­guage for all cour­ses.”

Chen over­came the dif­fi­cul­ties by forc­ing her­self into an English-lan­guage en­vi­ron­ment, from writ­ing emails and shar­ing ideas with teach­ers and class­mates to watch­ing videos.

“Us­ing English in classes helps me bet­ter un­der­stand cour­ses and im­proves ex­changes with in­ter­na­tional stu­dents,” Chen said.

Her im­prove­ment was not only in lan­guage use but in the de­vel­op­ment of an open and in­no­va­tive mind as 19-year-old spent time class as­sist­ing teach­ers tech­nol­ogy re­search.

“Var­i­ous re­search plat­forms, such as the ro­bot­ics lab­o­ra­tory, have helped open a new­world for us,” she said.

The univer­sity has set up an in­no­va­tion and en­tre­pre­neur cen­ter, which en­cour­ages stu­dents to de­velop their in­ter­ests the af­ter with in busi­ness.

Chen also joined a Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy group at the univer­sity.

“Tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture is an im­por­tant fea­ture of the univer­sity. I was so ex­cited when Pres­i­dent Xu Yang­sheng, who is also good at Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy, gave me a piece of his work as a gift dur­ing a club ac­tiv­ity,” Chen said.

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