Learning English Experiences of Ten High School Students in China: A Qualitative Study

Li Tianhang, Josephine Katenga, Chomphunut Phutikettrkit


This qualitative phenomenological study explored Chinese high school students’ English language experiences. The study examined the challenges students face when learning English in school, the role of gender in learning English, and whether Chinese languages positively or negatively influenced English acquisition. Ten participants were selected through the purposive sampling method. Data collection methods included interviews and focus group sessions. The findings showed that the most significant academic challenges for Chinese students when learning English were vocabulary, grammar, and lack of environment for practicing English speaking. In addition, students wanted better teaching methods.  However, the Chinese language had no bearing on learning English. The findings from this study can help Chinese education authorities to improve the curriculum and provide better English teaching strategies.  Quantitative survey methods should be used in future research and should include a larger sample size for generalizing the results to a wider population.

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