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Short-term study abroad transfers continue to heat up and bear too many expectations of parents?

来源:人民日报海外版 January 9, 2020 07:21 Source: People's Daily Overseas Edition

Outside the classroom of an English training institution, parents who are waiting for their children to go out of class talk about how their children's winter vacations are going. During the period, a parent for a 7-year-old child assumed a two-week transfer to New Zealand to become a hot topic of discussion.

There is a word recognized by the study abroad industry for short-term study abroad-micro-study abroad. In the consensus of relevant study abroad experts, micro-study abroad refers to a short-term study abroad experience that allows students to transfer to regular schools overseas. Students travel to other countries for short-term studies to experience the special courses, local culture and lifestyle of foreign schools.

Micro-study abroad continues to rise

If divided by time, 2015 is regarded as a watershed in micro-study abroad. Since that year, micro-study abroad has gradually entered the public eye.

In 2018, an article entitled "Tour to Thailand, by the way, let my daughter transfer to an international kindergarten for one month" exploded the circle of friends of many parents. Nowadays, similar sharing posts are not uncommon. Transferring to Thailand to study abroad has become popular among some Chinese parents. It is reported that from kindergarten to high school, from children boarding alone to parental accompany, Chinese primary school students have become an important source of students for local international schools in Thailand.

Ms. He sent her kindergarten children to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in a two-week transfer class in the summer of 2019 in order to "hope that children have an immersive English environment and at the same time exercise their social skills". The school chosen by Ms. He has a tuition fee of more than 7,000 yuan for one month of transfer. If you choose to stay in an apartment hotel, you will need to eat and live for about 1,000 yuan per day. "Actually, the class time is from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The cost is indeed not low, but the gain is still quite great." Ms. He said.

Relevant experts said that studying abroad at an early age is an important part of the study abroad market. With the increase of family income and the increase of parental education, more and more parents have begun to change their education concepts and regard micro-study abroad as an effective way for children to broaden their horizons. Among them, some parents use it as a new way for their children to "win at the starting line" and a new outlet to ease educational anxiety. At the same time, foreign schools increasingly value the Chinese market and are willing to open educational resources to Chinese students. These factors have contributed to the continuous heating up of the micro-study market. Among the 2020 study abroad trend inventory launched by many study abroad institutions, the young and micro-study abroad are on the list.

Whether the expected value can be achieved

From whether you want to send your children to study abroad, at what age group should you send your children to study abroad, and then to today's short-term transfer abroad to study, going abroad to receive education bears the expectations of parents who want their children to broaden their horizons and receive quality education.

Zheng Hongtao, the business director of Kai Tak Study Tour, said in an interview with this newspaper that the value of micro-study abroad lies in four aspects: First, the short-term study abroad experience allows children to see different worlds and experience different education methods. Changes, so that you can think from a more diversified perspective; the second is to truly immerse yourself in a foreign language environment, which can help stimulate children's interest in language learning; the third is to help improve children's independent living ability; the fourth is It helps to cultivate learning interest and lays a foundation for future study abroad planning.

But at the level of specific operations, can short-term study abroad meet parents' expectations? Everyone feels different. Some parents feel that in just two weeks, there is no immediate effect from the perspective of language learning; some parents feel that time is not long, and different education methods and different cultures are the biggest gains; some parents have encountered children who are not Adapt to situations, such as completely incomprehensible to the class due to language problems.

According to Zheng Hongtao, at present, the micro-study products launched by various overseas study institutions are mainstream for two weeks-one week of transfers and one week of cultural experience. "From the perspective of our current product feedback, the number of short-term study abroad studies and the effect of micro-study abroad are positively correlated."

Relevant experts believe that for parents, when choosing to let their children study abroad for a short period of time, the core is still experiencing "different". But this "different" is not just about going abroad and looking at exotic landscapes, you also need to make more preparations in advance, such as whether your child's English level can keep up with local courses and whether the chosen school is suitable.

The best is the best

It is not easy for parents to realize the best choice to realize the value of micro-study abroad.

Ms. He had hesitated between Chiang Mai, Thailand, a popular short-term study destination, and Bangkok, and finally chose Bangkok. "There are many Chinese students studying in Chiang Mai during the holidays. They still speak Chinese together and cannot realize the original intention of studying abroad for a short period of time. But in terms of time, two weeks is a bit short, and one month is more suitable."

In this regard, Zheng Hongtao said that if parents have a certain understanding of international education and relevant knowledge reserves, they can plan their own study abroad trips. However, the qualifications of the receiving school must be examined in detail. If parents have limited knowledge of overseas schools and need to choose micro-study products through relevant institutions, they must first ensure safety and try to choose formal and well-respected institutions. Second, in the face of dazzling products, they must look at the essence through phenomena. It depends on the itinerary plan and the situation of the school, such as whether you rent a classroom at the school or actually enter the school classroom. Third, you need to communicate well with your child in advance and do a good job of psychological construction for the child; Try to let the child experience it fully.

Ms. Wang, who had brought her two children to New Zealand for a short-term transfer to study for one month, said that the fundamental question of how to choose is whether it is suitable for the child. At the same time, it is necessary to consider whether the economic conditions of the family can afford it. "Short-term transfer to study abroad is only one part of the child's entire education experience. Do not exaggerate its value or pressure the child to learn something in the short term. Parents' attitudes when choosing, how to inspect the school and how to treat micro-study abroad. Everything has a great impact on children. "Ms. Wang said.

Zhao Xiaoxia

(Responsible editor: Sun Dan)