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By Andrew Ward in Stockholm
Sweden could become the first country in Europe to offer Chinese lessons to all schoolchildren under plans floated by the Swedish education minister.
Jan Björklund said giving future generations access to Chinese language tuition was crucial to national competitiveness.
“Chinese will be much more important, from an economic perspective, than French or Spanish,” he told the Dagens Industri newspaper.
Other western countries have also started introducing Chinese to school curriculums in recognition of China’s growing global role, but Mr Björklund’s plan aims to put Sweden ahead of the pack.
English would remain mandatory for schoolchildren but Chinese would be added to the choice of additional foreign languages available in all primary and secondary schools, along with French, Spanish and German.
Sweden has long been known for having among the highest level of English language skills outside the Anglo-Saxon world. Its proposed embrace of Chinese could be seen as a symbol of a shift in power towards Asia.
“Not everyone in the business world speaks English,” said Mr Björklund. “Very qualified businesses are leaving Europe to move to China.”
Education ministry officials stressed that Mr Björklund did not want to undermine Sweden’s traditional strength in English, but said the choice of additional foreign languages now was “too eurocentric”.
Officials described it as a personal proposal by Mr Björklund, who is leader of the Liberal party. He said he would seek support from the rest of Sweden’s ruling coalition to make it part of government policy.
They said it could take 10 to 15 years to train enough teachers to make Chinese universally available.
“It boils down to teacher-training colleges expanding programmes,” said Mr Björklund. “If we decide to do this, it’s definitely possible.”
Sweden has growing economic ties with China through big Swedish companies such as Ericsson and Hennes & Mauritz, which are investing heavily in the country.
The Scandinavian nation has also been open to investment from China, including the takeover of Gothenburg-based Volvo Cars by Geely last year. Chinese companies are also at the heart of efforts to save Saab Automobile, another Swedish carmaker, from collapse.
“If we look towards the next generation, it’s almost unavoidable to think anything else than that China will be a very important global actor,” said Mr Björklund.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:36:10 AM
The speech is very hard for me to listen out what are the words the speaker said, because I am an english beginner. So, I heard it many times and wrote it down. I think it will be helpul to improve my English aural comprehansion.
Monday, June 20, 2011 7:44:46 AM
In America a building which is higher than 152 meters (500 feet) is considered a skyscraper. The tallest skyscraper is the Dubai Tower which is 828 meters high. But In the world, China has the largest number of skycraper now. There are 5 skyscapers which are listed in the top 10 tallest skyscrapers in China. China will get a new skyscraper every five days for three years. And in 2016, China will have 4 times as many skyscrapers as US ( http://msn.huanqiu.com/english/2011-06/1743415.html
). Why Chinese are enthusiasm for the skyscrapers? The skyscrapers are considered image project for the local governments, and the local governments are so powerful that they can seize the wealth by unfair means from the people to supports those projects.
These are a Lawrence spell. It says the skyscrapers are a omen of economic recession. when the skyscrapers are finished, the economy will recess. Do you believe it? I am sure.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:51:55 AM
In February 17, 1979, The war between China and Vietnam broke out. There is no winner in this war.. The toll of death of China is more than 30 thousand, and many soldiers dead on the side of Vietnam too in the war.
In 1979, China just end up the a-decade-year unrest and the leader of the communist party of China wanted to re-established its prestige through a war. In 1978, Vietnam invaded Cambodia, which invoked China to help. So the war occurred. But because China is very poor after the unrest crisis, so its lacked the resource to make the cannons and the other equipment and build the military fortifications. And the commanders and soldiers had less practical experiences than the ones of Vietnam, who just ended up the war between US and Vietnam and the war between France and Vietnam. The adverse factors made too many Chinese soldiers to die.
Monday, June 13, 2011 3:27:19 AM
A dude quipped the hip hostess at tea,
Say, do you fart when you pee,
Replied, she with fair wit and quickly,
Do you fart when you shit?
The last line is non-sense just for meet the limerick standard.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:24:26 AM
During June 7 to June 9, 9.4 million students are taking the annual national college entrance exams. The figure of the students are less around 1.1 million than 2009 due to the one-child policy that make the fertility rate rapidly shrink and many students go to the foreign universities. In 1990, around 18 million babies are born. But in 1999, the number shrank to 11 million. And the enrollment rise to 6.57 million this year, major students can go into universities to continue their study. The universities in China have to fight to cramble for their students to suvive.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:37:20 PM
China's sixth population census result came out. There are 1,370,536,875 (1.37 billion) people in China (including Taiwan, Hongkong and Macau). The annual average growth rate has slowed since the last survey was taken, from 1.07% to 0.5%, China still added more than 73.9 million people over the decade: more than the entire population of the UK.
Because the fertility rate became low due to the one-child policy in the past 30 years and the life span became long due to the life condition improve, the The experts said China will enter the aging society after 15 years before China become rich.
According to the statistics of the sixth population census, the fertility rate is down to 1.5 children per woman. That presages the population will rapidly reduce after 30 years. Now the effect of low fertility rate emerge, the factories can not gain enough workers to increase the products.
Some experts supposes the government of China should abolish the policy of one-child and encourages the people to have more children.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 3:34:55 AM
The housing market have boomed for 10 years by now. The per capital resident area rose from about 20 square meters to 32 square meters. But the per capital resident area in China are less then the one in Europe, which is more than 40 square meters and the one in US, which is more than 70 square meters.
So the housing potential of market is very large. The new housing had been sold about 1 billion square meters in 2010, half of the new housing had been sold in the world. To keep the economy grow, two billion square meters housing land are planned to sell this years, and the government planned to build 35 million low- cost suits of apartments in the next three years. The experts expect China will build 20 billion square meters housing in the next 10 years and the there are more than 50 square meters per capita in city in 2020.
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