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In recent years, as China's influence has spread around the world, there has been a "Chinese fever" around the world.
For British students, learning Chinese is not only a hobby, but also an important skill to enhance their future competitiveness.
Chinese has overtaken German as the third most popular foreign language at a-level for the first time, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A-level release day 2018: Chinese surpasses German for the first time
This year, 3,334 students took the a-level in Chinese and 3,058 in German. The number of applicants for the Chinese language exam increased 8.6 percent from last year, while German dropped 16.5 percent.
Derek Richardson, a senior Pearson official, said Chinese had "reversed the trend" of declining popularity of modern languages.
"Major modern languages like French, German and Spanish have seen a sharp decline in applicants," he said.
"But we are also seeing an increase in some other languages."
"That means Chinese... It is now more popular than German. Maybe young people are starting to think about which languages will be more useful to them in the future."
Chinese is now more popular than German at a-level. Number of a-level foreign language candidates (source: daily telegraph)
French remained the most popular foreign language subject, followed by Spanish, the report said. But compared with last year, the number of applicants for the two languages fell by 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
The number of Russian applicants increased 3.4 percent from 1,122 last year to 1,160 this year. Arabic, however, fell 5.4 percent, from 782 to 740.
Suzanne o 'farrell, curriculum and assessment expert at the association of head teachers, said: "we are finding that German is almost unheard of. There has been a very serious decline."
Barnaby lenon, President of the independent schools council (ISC), said pupils used to be taught that "if you learn German it will really help your career" but that was no longer the case.
"In the 1960s, 1970s and even 1980s, Germany was the economic powerhouse of Europe," he told the telegraph.
"Students are strongly encouraged to learn German because of the importance of the German economy. Now, while the German economy is still strong, that view is fading, and China has emerged in the last 25 years as the world's fastest growing economy."
Confucius institute students recite Chinese poems at London book fair (photo by ying ni)
Mr Lenon, a former headteacher at harrow, said the rise was partly driven by private schools, many of which have invested more in Chinese in recent years.
"It is not that A large number of state schools are now teaching Chinese a-levels," he said. They don't." Many applicants are native speakers of Chinese, and private schools have attracted a "large number" of Chinese students in recent years, he said.
Some of China's aspiring middle class families are sending their children to study in the UK, leading to a steady increase in the number of students from China. The number of Chinese students in independent schools has almost doubled in five years, according to the independent schools council.
Mark Herbert, director of schools and skills at the British council, welcomed the increase.
"The increasing popularity of Chinese in the context of the overall decline proves that our young people can learn the language with enthusiasm," he said.
"Our research shows that Chinese will be one of the most important languages for Britain's future prosperity and global standing, but we must not ignore Spanish, French and German, which will remain important after brexit."
Secretary of state for education Nick gibb said: "learning a foreign language is more important than ever for young people.
"An open and international country needs a new generation of young people who are familiar with the language and culture of their overseas trading partners."
The American Chinese craze is driving the demand for Chinese teachers
Brian white and David long, dressed in suits, stood near the 11th national Chinese language conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 19, greeting everyone who passed by. Every time someone stopped to look at the promotional material, they would immediately hand over their business CARDS and a piece of eyewear emprinted with the logo of educational partners international LLC, a small but useful gift.
They hope to make a good impression on the more than 1,300 Chinese language teachers and education experts from all over the United States who will help recruit Chinese language teachers for primary and secondary schools in the United States.
"As more and more schools offer Chinese language courses, there is a growing demand for Chinese language teachers in the United States," white said.
This is the first year the company has helped U.S. schools recruit outstanding teachers from around the world, white said. "When school districts in the United States need something, we start doing it, and that's one of our priorities right now. "We are also working on ways to recruit Chinese language teachers directly from China to help them get visas."
The number of students learning Chinese is growing rapidly, but qualified Chinese teachers are in short supply. In a lobby behind white, a number of U.S. companies and schools are also hiring Chinese language teachers and presenting themselves.
The Texas school of international leadership was led by founder and superintendent Eddie conger. With more than 16,000 students in all grades from kindergarten through high school, the school teaches English, Spanish and Chinese, making it one of the largest chinese-language programs in the United States.
Linda liu, vice President of the college board in the Chinese congress, said she had brought to retrieve the how many jobs require English proficient in Chinese, and the results of the survey is shocking, 395000, the work is not just limited to the teaching profession, also including marketing, medical, financial, and many other fields.
More than 100 million overseas Chinese learners
Britain's four-year-old prince George started school in September 2017. In addition to English, maths and ballet, the prince is also expected to study Chinese.
In October 2017, US President Donald trump visited China with a clip of his granddaughter arabella reciting Chinese poems and singing Chinese songs. It's not the first time the 4-year-old "ambassador of china-u.s. friendship" has shown off her Chinese. Arabella's fluent Chinese expression is, to some extent, a microcosm of the global "Chinese craze" in recent years.
According to a survey released last June, more than 227,000 American primary and secondary school students are learning mandarin. The number of students learning Chinese is growing rapidly, but qualified Chinese teachers are in short supply.
A similar "Chinese craze" has also emerged in Russia. In 2017, Russia's yaroslavl state normal university released a survey report titled "Chinese character culture: trends in the spread of Chinese language in Russia." According to the report, the number of Russian citizens learning Chinese has more than tripled in the past 10 years. In 1997, there were about 5,000 students; in 2007, there were 17,000. By 2017, there were 56,000 students learning Chinese. It is reported that the Russian government plans to incorporate Chinese teaching into the national education system in 2018.
The Chinese language has played a prominent role in international economic, trade and cultural exchanges, and its cultural and practical value has been on the rise. Countries around the world are generally optimistic about China's development prospects. It is against such a background that the international community has an increasing demand for learning Chinese, which has created an unprecedented "China craze" and "Chinese craze".
Around China, the "Chinese craze" is even more pronounced. According to li chongyang, President of the Confucius institute in Seoul, South Korea is the country with the largest scale of Chinese teaching and the most developed market in the world. According to incomplete statistics, out of a population of 50 million, more than 10.6 million people in South Korea are learning Chinese and Chinese characters, ranking first in the world. Every year, 170,000 students take various Chinese language tests such as HSK and YCT.
In the past, Chinese teaching in various countries was mainly concentrated in universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education. In recent years, Chinese language teaching in all countries is developing towards the younger age and basic education stage. Support from all sectors of society and participation of families are getting higher and higher. Chinese language teaching is changing from the interest of a few people to the involvement of schools and families.
There are now eight times as many primary and secondary schools offering Chinese language courses as higher education institutions around the world. In the United States, Britain, France, Thailand, South Korea and many other countries, Chinese teaching is rapidly extending from universities to primary and secondary schools, and from kindergarten to high school has become the most important "growth pole" of Chinese teaching.
Statistics show that in addition to China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), more than 100 million people around the world are learning and using Chinese, including over 60 million overseas Chinese and over 40 million people in mainstream societies.
What is the charm of "Chinese fever" in the world?
"Chinese fever" is quietly rising all over the world. Chinese is the language British parents most want their children to learn and "most useful" for the future, according to a survey by the British council. Britain's two prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa may, have made the decision. Mei du has personally advocated learning Chinese. The BBC has also launched free online Chinese language courses.
In many people's mind, Chinese is one of the most representative Chinese symbols. The "Chinese fever" of recent years shows people's interest in China. As China's economy grows and more countries see opportunities in this dynamic eastern power and its future influence on the world stage, the will to understand China is stronger than ever.
Compared with other languages in the world, Chinese is a complex, extensive and profound language system. Learning Chinese is a big challenge for foreigners.
For example, a simple "harmony" word has five different pronunciations and meanings. It can be used as a conjunction, calm, harmonious and so on. But that's the beauty of Chinese.
As one of the oldest languages in the world, Chinese is more than just a tool. The word "harmony" also conveys the thousands of years of Chinese Confucianism that "harmony is the most precious" and "harmony without uniformity". Behind the Chinese language lies a profound civilization.