Singapore admits making mistake in Chinese rote learning policy

The China Post

Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said that the city started ‘completely wrong’ in Chinese language learning, admitting that it is a mistake to teach Chinese by enforcing rote learning.

“A language is first listened to, heard and then spoken. It’s not read or written — that follows later,” Lee said as quoted by news Web site, “We started the wrong way. We insisted on spelling and dictation.”

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