English is an im­por­tant tool to ob­tain vi­tal in­for­ma­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

a fifth-grade stu­dent in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Ithink the world should be free of war, hunger, ter­ror­ism and racism — that was the theme of a speech I made at Har­vard Univer­sity on July 12, ti­tled “Make our World a Bet­ter Place”.

Vis­it­ing one of the best uni­ver­si­ties in the world was like a dream come true, and mak­ing a speech in English just made the oc­ca­sion more sur­real.

My trip to the United States was spon­sored by VipJr, part of the on­line ed­u­ca­tion com­pany iTu­torGroup, af­ter I won a spo­ken English con­test or­ga­nized by the com­pany.

I have been tak­ing on­line English classes from na­tive speak­ers on the VipJr plat­form for more than a year. I have two or three lessons a week, each last­ing about 25 min­utes.

The classes are in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing.

On­line English ed­u­ca­tion is con­ve­nient and saves time, and I only have to click an app on my iPad to greet teach­ers from English-speak­ing coun­tries.

It is not easy for me to prac­tice English with na­tive speak­ers in Guilin, so talk­ing to the teach­ers at VipJr has re­ally im­proved my spo­ken English as well as my grades at school.

I have be­come more con­fi­dent about ex­press­ing my views in English, and my con­ver­sa­tions have de­vel­oped from sim­ple greet­ings to dis­cus­sions about cur­rent af­fairs and even news.

Talk­ing to teach­ers from English­s­peak­ing coun­tries has re­ally helped me over­come my ner­vous­ness at speak­ing in an­other lan­guage in pub­lic.

My fa­ther ac­com­pa­nied me to the United States since it was my first time there, but I did not feel like it was a for­eign coun­try be­cause I could com­mu­ni­cate with the lo­cal peo­ple quite well.

Some­times, my fa­ther came to me for help with buy­ing things or to ask direc­tions.

I like study­ing English be­cause it is an im­por­tant tool to learn about the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and get in­for­ma­tion about im­por­tant things hap­pen­ing in the world.

I am 10 years old, and peo­ple of­ten say I am more ma­ture than I look.

I am not sure what I will do in the fu­ture, but I am cer­tain that good pro­fi­ciency in English will help me land a good job.

Wang Fuyao spoke with Zou Shuo.

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