Chinese kids flock to US c&s to learn English

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:30 AM IST
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Beijing Driven by obsession to impart English language to their children, thousands of Chinese parents are sending them to US summer c&s to enable their wards to compete with their American counterparts, PTI quoted the staterun China Dailyas reporting on Sunday.

The children will be flying across the Pacific spending about USD 5,000 each to gain an opportunity to play with US students, attend summer classes, and importantly, speak English, the daily quoted.

More than 60,000 children will fly off abroad and at home for an immersion program this year alone, it said. Summer c&s in the US are turning out to be latest strategy for Chinese parents who want a better future for their children.

Already a mid- year ritual for many children in the US, it is becoming a privilege for a few in China, it said.

American summer c&s are a good complement to Chinese- style education which focuses on academic achievement, while the American- style allows their students to improve their overall abilities, the daily said.

The American- style summer c&s are becoming increasingly attractive for parents as they groom children for their future studies abroad.

For a hopeful parent Lou Yong, who is sending his son to Baltimore to attend one such c&, it is an opportunity for his child to prepare beforehand for his future higher studies program abroad.

I hope to enrich his summer vacation and let him experience different activities which he is interested in, but are not available at the local schools, he said.

While for Alex Abraham, the general manager of Blue Sky Study a Shanghaibased overseas education consultancy, the c&s are an introduction to US culture that the children will most likely be a part of when they join the other Chinese undergraduates in the US. For parents who would one day like their child to study in the US full- time, it is a great way to introduce a foreign country to a young student, Abraham said.

With more parents becoming interested in such c&s, a number of organisations have flooded the market claiming to hold most cost efficient, Chinabased summer c&s.

I decided that we would adopt an American curriculum supplemented by some Chinese activities, and the c& would be structured and managed in an American style, Fanghua Jiang who jumped on this bandwagon by starting Longfeifei Youth Summer C& said.

Carol Peng, International Bilingual Summer C& Director in Beijing, also employs an east- meets- west style for her c&s which include various activities like sports, arts, languages, field trips, medical skills.

More than 60,000 children will fly off abroad for an immersion program this year alone

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