Stories from People in Levels – level 3

18-11-2016 15:00

This story is from one of our students Daniel from Hong King.

Miserable studying in Hong Kong – level 3

I think that Hong Kong’s educational system with its policies and exams is the worst! A lot of people have been complaining about it for a long time. However, the government does not respond to the complaints.

I’m an F6 student from Hong Kong and I realize how the education system is only focused on the public exam. I’m not going to tell you what my feelings are, but I want to share with you what is actually happening to students in Hong Kong.

The public exam DSE should be used to assess what you have learned in school. However, the Hong Kong’s education system is different. Studying in Hong Kong means “learning” how to handle the public exam instead of acquiring real knowledge. It means the curriculum is based on the exam. It is totally ridiculous.

In my opinion, learning must be based on interest. If you are not interested in what you are doing or what you are learning, you can’t do it well. In Hong Kong, we just prepare for the DSE in the classroom. This is meaningless. We are only taught the skills we need to pass the exam. Why do we need to learn these?

This is because the Hong Kong exam is not used to assess your knowledge but to assess your skills of passing exams. For example, in an English writing paper, you’ll need to use phrases and vocabulary that are not commonly used. If you don’t use these phrases and difficult words, you’ll just get a low mark and fail the exam.

As a result, students in Hong Kong can’t really acquire knowledge at school. What we learn is not useful for us. We can’t learn what we are really interested in. It is not under our control. We have no choice but to pass the exam.

Author: Daniel

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When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.

Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.

You also have to hear every new word 5 to 10 times if you want to remember it. That’s why we use the same words in one level. If you read and hear the same words again and again, you will understand them and remember them. If you know words from one level, you can go to a higher level and learn new words. It is important to go step by step, and read and listen to words which are used in English often. This is what we do with our news. In our short news, we use words which are used in English often. Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.

So, if you want to understand English fast and learn fast, read two articles or more a day. You can improve your reading and listening quickly when you read easy English news. We will help you learn English fast and understand it. When you use this website every day, you can learn 3000 words which you need for communication with anybody in English.

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Reading

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