Teaching languages is very different from any other subject. Unless you have a really good reason for learning the language, you're only aim is to pass exams. Since it is taught on the basis of passing exams, not for communication or any other purpose, then students focus on written questions and answers. The joy of learning is killed by the boring formalised rote-learning approach as with all other subjects. Bringing the language alive, through actual communication with a native language-speaker is the way to make it interesting (and to show that it 'works'!). Since that cannot happen within the classroom structure, large class-sizes and lack of time, very few students ever develop an interest in the language as a living breathing meaningful subject. The few enthusiastic students (and many Chinese citizens who teach English!) come to my English Corners and I aim to reinforce their enthusiasm and encourage their language development by having a fun, challenging and interesting English language environment. But I'm retired and have the time and energy to do this, most foreigners don't.
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