Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Crazy English Made Students Kowtow

This is the third most searched keyword on Yahoo China today, 1,351,266 in one day.


Last week, Li Yang, the guy who started "Crazy English" gave a one-hour English training session followed by an "inspiring" speech at a high school in Inner Mongolia, and he told these 3000 kids to show their gratitude to their teachers by kneeling down to perform a "kowtow". This of course attracted a lot of negative comments, although some students claimed that they were genuinely moved and they kowtowed willingly.

(same source)

"Crazy English" is Li Yang's own invention. He believes that anyone can learn English well by shouting out aloud. He advises his students to go to the back alley, the roof or wherever to shout. He also has "rallies" where thousands of people gather to listen to his speeches and yell out together with exaggerated hand gestures that he believes can help with the pronunciation. These rallies are really scary in my opinion, they are almost like brain-washing cult gatherings or mega pyramid scheme information sessions. I really don't understand the big deal with learning English. People talk as if speaking good English can change the future.



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