Growing English Studies: Current Reality in China

Ai Zhang


Along with the ever-fast trend of modernization in China, English has become increasingly popular. More people start to show interest in English learning while noticing the pragmatic values in speaking English. Gradually, English has developed into a higher level of public acceptance. Within this social background, this paper takes Crazy English program in China as a case in point to illustrate how English has transformed from its initial role as a second-language to this contemporary era’s public mania towards English learning. Meanwhile, this examination of the Crazy English program aims to expose the sociocultural dimensions embedded in the altered role of English, English learning, and English teaching. In other words, through the lens of Crazy English program, this study reveals the multifaceted forces underpinning globalization that have resulted in Chinese people’s changed attitude towards English and English learning and teaching; and in doing so, explicates the sociological consequences resulting from this English mania while calling for a healthier approach to English learning and teaching.


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