Why are Chinese students getting so excited about learning in the US?
I recently spoke with a group of Chinese students from a number of US schools.
The students spoke of being drawn to the American education system because of its emphasis on experiential learning, especially after the Obama administration announced a plan to help low-income students succeed in higher education.
Their desire to excel in American education, however, was not without its challenges.
The student told me that their English-language courses were often a challenge, particularly in the first years of school.
The teachers were not always on-site, and some students were required to attend on-campus classes.
Many were frustrated by the lack of opportunities for cultural exchange between American students and Chinese students.
The problems with the Chinese student experience in the United States, according to one teacher, was a matter of perception.
“When you have students from China who are studying in the U.S. in the same schools and with the same teachers, you really have to be aware that they’re not really learning the same thing,” she told me.
“You have to understand how they think.”
In addition, the students had to deal with the fact that they were being taught in a foreign language.
“They’re very sensitive to their accent,” she said.
“And I’m trying to be polite, but they’re just going to be so offended when I say something like, ‘Hey, I’m sorry.’
And I can’t say anything because they think I’m Chinese. “
I can tell because they’re looking at me with these big, beautiful eyes.
And I can’t say anything because they think I’m Chinese.
It’s not okay.”
It’s a perception that Chinese students in the States face all the time.
In the past, there has been a tendency for teachers to over-emphasize Chinese language skills.
In recent years, however “there has been more emphasis on a Western education,” according to Emily Gao, who teaches Chinese in the city of Chicago.
In Chicago, Gao said, teachers are much more likely to focus on students who have the ability to learn English fluently and the ability “to communicate well.”
However, that doesn’t mean that Chinese American students in America are being given a free pass on learning in their native tongue.
In fact, there is a strong push to encourage students to take on more foreign language classes.
In addition to the new English language courses offered in American schools, there are also efforts to expand the number of courses offered at community colleges, which have historically been dominated by Asian-American students.
“What I really like about Chinese-American colleges is they tend to be more open and inclusive, and I think that’s what’s really been beneficial for students from our community,” Gao told me during a recent visit to Chicago.
“It’s a community of students who are learning in a different way.”
For many students, the new emphasis on English and the growing number of Chinese-language classes is a welcome change, but the experience for some is also a challenge.
“At first I was very excited, but I still feel like the expectation that we are going to learn more about China and learn about America is a bit different,” one of the students told me, adding that it is often harder to adapt to American culture.
“In a way, I think there’s more pressure to succeed because there are more Chinese people who are doing well in the economy,” the student said.
One of the things that teachers are most often concerned with is the impact of American cultural appropriation.
“For Chinese American children, the expectation is that they are learning something from an American perspective,” Gai told me in an email.
“If the teacher is actually Chinese, I can see how it could be upsetting to them.
But it is something I am very aware of.
I don’t think it’s a big deal for me because I don