CHINA: English is spoken.
Despite the global economic recession, the TEFL market in China is still considered the world largest.
According to a British Council survey, around three hundred million Chinese students learn English and the prospects for growth are more than realistic, as the command of English is essential in China, where the competition for jobs is extremely intense.
For full story, see "EL Gazette" October 2009 edition
Wiz World - the latest method in ELT
Wiz World is a virtual language training application designed as a PC game which allows players to interact in spoken English with computer generated characters. These "language robots" will correct the players' word choice and pronunciation.
Wiz World is already available in China, but its founder, Alex Wang, hopes to expand his idea across Asia and other global areas.
However, the idea of learning a language through video games is not new: in the 1990's the language learning video games were quite popular. Currently, the US military "Tactical Language Training System" supports soldiers with Iraqui language training and cultural norms in a virtual setting.
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