Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English — “the world’s second language” — by the thousands.
Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:
- What is the worlds new mania?
- When do the Chinese start learning English?
- How many Chinese students have taken the gaokao exam?
- What does Jay Walker say is the language of science?
- What does English represent?
Watch the video again from 02:08 to 02:50 and fill in the blanks:
Why English? In a single word: (6) ___________. Opportunity for a better life, a job, to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table. Imagine a student taking a (7) _______ test for three full days. Her score on this one test literally determines her future. She studies (8) ____ hours a day for three years to prepare. Twenty-five percent of her grade is based on English. It’s called the gaokao, and 80 million high school Chinese students have (9) ________ taken this grueling test. The intensity to learn English is almost unimaginable, unless you (10) _________ it.
True or False?
Listen to the material again and answer true or false to the following statements:
- Three billion people are trying to learn English worldwide.
- By law you have to start learning English in the third grade.
- Twenty – five percent of her grade is based on English.
- Music is the language of nature
- English represents hope for a better past.
- learning English
- in the third grade
- 80 million
- a hope for a better future
- (F) its two billion
14 (F) it represents hope for a better future
- (F) its the language of emotions.