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Find some students, friends, random people, and ask if they have any relatives in 11th or 12th grade studying for the GaoKao.  Those students, their parents, and their elder siblings have likely combed the web and bookstores for lists of potential words and grammar questions that are most likely to be on the test.
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Hi Everyone,

Here is what I know about the GaoKao. Please feel free to comment.

1. All high school students take the same GaoKao. There are some regional exceptions, such as in Shanghai and Xinjiang. But, the most fair statement would be it is a universal public school test.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaokao

2. My very intelligent Chinese friend did send me a document in 2017, that seems true today.

Essentially, the government tells you what 3500 English vocab words will be on the spoken portion, but does not prove more insight.

3. Many schools hire the best teachers who went to top-ranked GaoKao high schools, went to top ranked universities, and taught at these GaoKao programs.

For example, I know a teacher who is Renmin University GaoKao High School, Renmin University, and went back to teach there.

4. They also use Chinese government-approved English curriculum books, like I have just posted.

5. My end goal is to:

- Identify exactly the 3500 words that will be on the list. I have done so on past documents and feel that it will stay consistent from year to year.
- Organize these words into themes. For example "animals"
- Turn these themes into real-world situations, for example "going to the Zoo"
- Have students do the usual memorization, practice exercises, book work with their regular (excellent) Chinese GaoKao teachers
- My role will be to have these real-world situations, be a native speaker who provides feedback, etc.

6. Any ideas on where to go from here?
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by kitano on September 14, 2022, 07:00:21 AM »
I'd buy a round for the whole royal family if Charles stood up in front of parliament and said:

"As your king, I don't comment on political issues.

Climate change is not political.  It is science.  It is happening.  Many island nations will lose most or all of their territory if we don't make big changes now.  Many coastal cities around the world will be inundated if we don't make big changes now.  The Thames flood barrier won't be enough to protect London if we don't make big changes now.

For the good of the United Kingdom and the world, I expect each and every one of you to support efforts to reduce the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.  You may have your political arguments over how to do it, but I expect to see real and sustained progress on the issue as soon as humanly possible."

Charles actually has some very good views on a lot of stuff. Not just the environment, he is against badly designed housing and young people not being offered opportunities based on their family not being rich

He is unfortunately dumb because he grew up in a golden cage, but he might get to do some good. We shall see

In Britain we like to think that the royal family do nothing, but they do have a lot of money and get to talk to all of the world leaders, it will change the world
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by kitano on September 14, 2022, 06:56:43 AM »
You can't hold power and not be political

If you join the army you have to swear loyalty to the Queen. When Sinn Fein which was the political wing of the IRA became legit and got elected in Northern Ireland there was a mini controversy because they would not say 'God Save the Queen'
I'm not even against the monarchy, 'it's complicated; but it is politics absolutely. Come on man..
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on September 13, 2022, 04:23:23 PM »
I'd buy a round for the whole royal family if Charles stood up in front of parliament and said:

"As your king, I don't comment on political issues.

Climate change is not political.  It is science.  It is happening.  Many island nations will lose most or all of their territory if we don't make big changes now.  Many coastal cities around the world will be inundated if we don't make big changes now.  The Thames flood barrier won't be enough to protect London if we don't make big changes now.

For the good of the United Kingdom and the world, I expect each and every one of you to support efforts to reduce the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.  You may have your political arguments over how to do it, but I expect to see real and sustained progress on the issue as soon as humanly possible."

 
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by AMonk on September 13, 2022, 12:40:25 AM »
It must be very hard to have to mourn, while the world watches and judges.  No, he's been around long enough to know that this next phase is not a walk in the park. Looks glamorous, but is really stressful and difficult work.  He and his family have made it look easy.  Power to them.  But would you really enjoy living in their fishbowl?

As for the rest, Charles did 'indoctrinate' his sons with his enthusiasm / dedication to the Cause.  I imagine that his work will still be going ahead, despite his self-imposed (tradition-dictated) silence from here on in.

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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on September 12, 2022, 08:01:46 PM »
I've noticed something unusual about Charles.  Of course he's sad that his mother passed away, but I'd also expect some sort of positive emotions about becoming the new King.  In every photo I've seen of him since the queen died, he looks like his main thought is "I'm too old for this bqbqbqbqbq."

Another problem is that most of the world, including the UK, turned climate change from a science issue into a political debate - and the ruling monarch isn't supposed to get involved in political debates.  So Prince Charles the proponent of making the world a cleaner and greener place is now King Charles III, who doesn't get involved with political issues.  amamamamam
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / HM Queen Elizabeth II died ...
« Last post by AMonk on September 10, 2022, 12:46:16 AM »

... at her Balmoral home, in Scotland, on Thursday, 8 September, 2022. 

She was 96 years old, and had reigned for 70 years. She had worked right up to Tuesday, 6 September, when she  met the (latest) Prime Minister.

We shall not see her like again.

R.I.P., your Majesty.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: What Are These New Government Rules for "China Only" Curriculum?
« Last post by kitano on September 09, 2022, 06:03:42 AM »
I'm currently teaching my old job online for a big university and it's exactly the same, there were no guidelines told to me

This year is actually a lot better than previous years since I'm teaching IELTS and they gave me a real book published by HarperCollins rather than one of those really weird Chinese ones that they used to give me for speaking!

I get the impression that what that policy was attacking was the 'International Schools' which were just private schools for middle class Chinese with a lot of foreign teachers doing ALevel and IB courses instead of the mad Chinese system that working class Chinese have to do and those online schools that proliferated a couple of years ago.

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 I haven't even heard of this one.  The foreign press has nothing on a "China Only" Curriculum in a news search.  This makes me suspect it's likely either a rumor or an incorrect name for a proposal than a policy or even an announcement of an upcoming policy.

Generally, there are three phases to any major policy.

1.  A general concept is announced.

2.  People wildly speculate about all possible ways to interpret it.  Outside press often sensationalizes the worst possible misinterpretations.

3.  The detailed rules come out a few days or weeks later and we all find out what's really happening.

Yes, there are occasionally surprises where the announcement comes with full rules attached, but those aren't as common.

Additionally, big policy changes usually get tested somewhere.  The economic opening up of China was tested in special economic zones.  Common Prosperity is currently being heavily tested in one province.  This allows concepts to be checked for viability and viable concepts to be further optimized before being rolled out nationwide.  Again, there are the occasional nationwide surprises, but those are not so common.


Check and see if you can find an online source for this.  That should make it easier to see if this has a different name and whether it's a rumor, a proposal, or something else.
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