International Class Trend Reaches Xinjiang

by elbbj on November 13, 2013

urumqiWith “international classes” in public schools, high school students can apply to Harvard, Cambridge, and other top international universities directly upon graduation. In September of this year, Urumqi City #12 High School opened its first international class, putting its first set of high school students on the international track. There are 40 lucky students in this first class.

Yesterday, reporters visited the #1 section of the international class at Urumqi City #12 High School, where the teacher was teaching class in fluent English. This isn’t English class, it’s an “A-level curriculum” math class. In this class, aside from the national high school subject assessments that are taught in Chinese, all other coursework is in English. Both sections are taught in rarely seen small-size classes, with just 20 students per class.

Zhao Mingxuan is a particularly active boy in this section. He uses English to respond to the teacher, sometimes questioning the teacher as to why a certain method is used to solve a problem. The classroom environment is lively too. The teacher sometimes sits among the students, giving them a topic and exploring it with them. The students often respond with all sorts of answers.

Reporters were told that the teachers for the international classes are recruited from all over the world. These teachers must have strong English, with many years of study abroad experience. Principal Zhang Jucheng said that more than just transferring knowledge to students, they also teach an international way of learning, so the classroom management methods are totally different from those used in other Chinese classrooms.

One student in international class #1 named Liu-An Decheng said, “Before when we were late to class, we’d have to shout out, “Reporting!” when we arrived, and the teacher would stop the whole class to look at the student who just arrived, sometimes even criticizing him publicly. The international classes aren’t like that. If we’re late, we just come in quietly from the back door and sit down, we don’t want to disturb the studies of the other students.” Liu-An Decheng said that this kind of western educational concept lets him learn more self control.

Students in the international class have much greater of an academic burden than students in other classes. They study the high school curriculum, academic English, “A-level curriculum” and extracurricular practical classes. The “A-level curriculum” includes 7 courses including calculus, economics, computers, and others. Upon graduation, they can use their grades from these courses to apply to international universities.

According to reports, the “A-level curriculum” is called the “international college entrance exam” by international educators. With their grades from various subjects, students can apply to schools in the US, UK, Canada, Australia,  New Zealand, and elsewhere in the first semester of their third [and final] year, and do not have to attend preparatory courses in foreign countries or attend language schools. According to Zhang Jucheng, students who receive four A’s in their “A-level curriculum” can directly apply to Oxford, Harvard, Cambridge, and other famous international schools.

Zhang Jucheng explained that students will have completed the IELTS test by their third year of high school. When they graduate, they receive the Chinese national high school diploma, and at the same time receive an international “A-level” certificate. Students no longer have to make their focus testing and preparing for tests, and to a certain degree, this method breaks down the separation between public high school classes and international education.


Original publication date: 11/4/2013

Source: http://edu.163.com/13/1104/17/9CRSNJRF00294M4F.html


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studyingYangzhou News Network: With the publication of secondary examination results at school several days ago, the graduate school entry process is coming to a close for this year.

One student at Yangzhou University’s Physics Institute surname Ying, whose Gaokao test result did not allow him to study his much-desired major of law as an undergraduate, disliked his physics major to the point that failure became an everyday affair for him. Mr. Ying met a number of friends outside of class, among which were several graduate school entrance exam coaches. In his third year at school, while he was helping these coaches promote their prep classes, he just happened to see an ad for an MA program in law. “Suddenly, I was no longer in a stupor, like I was waking up from a dream.”

Most students around Ying Yiping felt it too risky to try to test into a graduate program that did not match their major, but he would not resign himself to fate. During the graduate exam period, Mr. Ying got up right after 7 in the morning, and spent all his time in the library from opening until closing, aside from attending classes and working in the lab. After the library closed, he’d go back to study rooms until he had to return to the dorm at 10:30 in the evening.

The hardest part for Mr. Ying was English. He took the CET-4 test seven times, and didn’t pass once. Finally, this time, he received a passing score, using his own review methods. “Reading is the key to everything,” this became Mr. Ying’s motto, and he spent a large amount of time and energy on reading.

Mr. Ying called this round of grad school exams the “Northern Expedition”. After he passed the preliminary exams, he went north to Beijing to take the secondary exams. He explained that in the interviews, five teachers would “attack”, one after another, setting up logical traps for the exam takers. Many students came out crying, but when the results were published on April 19th, Mr. Ying became a graduate student at the China University Political Science and Law.


Original Publication Date: 05/03/2013

Source: http://edu.163.com/13/0503/17/8TVHN9EV00294JNM.html

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