Here’s a post I recently put on WeChat (a sort of Chinese Facebook) bemoaning this common preference: “I frequently meet people who say they want 1-to-1 English classes for their child, or for themselves. But why?? One-on-one classes are NOT the best way to learn.
If you live in China you will be familiar with the sight of children in their white shirts and red neckerchiefs, wearily trudging into to school at 6.30 in the morning. It’s something that’s always puzzled me a bit. In China, children are really pushed hard by their parents.
In the early 1990s, a movement emerged which stressed that the teaching of English as a foreign language is essentially an imperialist exercise; an extension of empire and subjugation of peoples this time via a different, more insidious form of control: linguistic imperialism.