A recent UK survey of more than 1,000 parents of minors shows that British parents prefer children to learn Chinese in languages expect for Indo-European languages. More than half of the parents believe that learning Chinese not only help children to the future development but also open up the children’s vision as well as get in touch with diverse culture.
Because of the geographical location, the most commonly used language of the British contact for the Indo-European language. Many schools in the UK, French is a required language course, and German and Spanish courses are also common. But in recent years, learning Chinese has become a new trend, many British parents believe that Chinese is the Indo-European language outside the most important language, enough to affect the child’s future.
The former British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on British children, “Do not learn French again, to learn Chinese.” Cameron quoted former South African President Mandela as saying, “If you use a person to understand the language and you will speak into his mind; if you speak to him in his language, you will walk into his heart.
To reinforce his message the prime minister quoted Nelson Mandela, who said learning someone else’s language is the best way to their heart. Cameron said: “I want Britain linked up to the world’s fast-growing economies. And that includes our young people learning the languages to seal tomorrow’s business deals.
University of London promoted Chinese teaching project last September in the UK. The project is planned to train at least 5,000 fluent British young people in 2020. Children participating in the study will have an average of 8 hours of Chinese classes per week, of which 4 hours are at school. Compared to the current only 1 to 2 hours a week, the second foreign language learning courses has been significantly improved the learning time.
The BBC also introduced free online Chinese courses, taught from the most basic tones, with clear real-life pronunciation and vivid situational teaching. It can master all Chinese greetings in a short time without paying. In addition, the UK currently has set up Confucius Institutes to provide Chinese teaching courses, which facilitates the British people to understand China more.