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The Learning Conference 2003

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Different School Cultures: Comparative Studies between Australia and China

Han Mei.

The English level of the EFL/ESL speakers can play a crucial role in international education and communication. This research focuses on the differences between school cultures in Australia (representing advanced English speaking countries) and China (representing Asian countries where English is a foreign/second language). Particularly I will emphasize the roles of teachers and students, teaching and learning environment, the assessments for both teachers and students, social and family expectations, and main problems in both systems, etc. This research may indicate by understanding the different cultural and education traditions, ethics and values, etc. peace, harmony and cooperation may be promoted in a world full of diversity and conflicts. Thus, the aim of TESOL should not be on the language itself. .The research may throw light on the improvement of TESOL teacher training programs to suit the need of the learners in the Chinese and other EFL contexts. The implication is that in the process, ESL professionals may even find themselves becoming the massagers promoting the world peace in the 21st century.


Han Mei  (China)
Beijing Uni. of Science and Technology

> Han Jing-Mei, an associate professor, has taught English for 20 years
> in universities in China and has an MA from Monash Uni. She has
> published widely home and abroad. Her current work includes SLA,
> cultural studies, Differences between ESL and EFL, TESOL program
> improvement, teacher education, English and peace, etc.

  • Established traditions
  • Preferred ways
  • Differences

(30 min Conference Paper, English)