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September 19, 2013

China | Education

Modern English class inspires rural Chinese pupils

Teach-English-in-ChinaA look at the role of ELT within the Hope Project, which aims to bring schools to poverty-stricken rural areas of China.

Zhao Minghui, 11, is picking up English words through making faces. As a fourth grader of a rural primary school in Laiyuan County, north China's Hebei Province, Zhao, together with her classmates, is having a unique English class.

This was the scene on Monday, when a special language-learning program saw visiting volunteer teacher Liu Wei, a former member of a national English research group, use an avant-garde story-based approach to attract kids from Dongtuanbu Central Primary School (DCPS) to actively participate in the class.

Some 160 kilometres from Beijing, Laiyuan is officially classed as one of China's most poverty-stricken counties. With many people struggling for daily necessities, education in such rural areas is far less developed than in cities.

That is why the Hope Project continues to work to improve the situation. Initiated in 1989 by the China Youth Development Foundation and the Communist Youth League Central Committee, it aims to bring schools to poverty-stricken rural areas of China, to help children of poor families complete elementary school education. DCPS is covered in the project.

Read the full article from MySinchew.com.

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