Does anyone know approximately how long it would take a native Chinese speaker in Taiwan to get to say level B1 or level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ([wikipedia]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages[/wikipedia])?
The reason I ask this is that I want to discuss this with my supervisor in planning the classes for next year.
So far, I would say this of my students at my junior high school:
Approximately 80% of my students, when I first started working here, could not even do what is listed under A1.
Another 10% of my students could do what is listed under A1.
The remaining 10% of students fell/fall somewhere between A2 and B1.
No students were/are at B2 or above.
I’m pretty much assuming that the English classes they have with their Taiwanese teachers are rather meaningless (other than preparing the kids for multiple choice cloze tests about English linguistics) given that when I gave my ninth grade students (and everyone else) an informal oral test at the start of this year, virtually none of them could answer more than two of the following six questions (and many couldn’t even understand the questions):
What is your name? How old are you? How do you feel? What are your hobbies? How many people are in your family? Who are they?
I’m going to try to state the case for having concentrated classes from the 3rd grade (I also teach a couple of periods per week at a local elementary school) so I can simply get the sheer number of hours up. In other threads, I’ve suggested that at less than one full period per week, the students get about 20 hours of input from me per year (it’s actually 18-24 hours based upon different estimates). Even if I were to get my current fourth grade students all the way through to the end of the ninth grade, I’d still be looking at somewhere in the vicinity of 200 hours. Obviously, if I could see those kids two, or even three or four, times per week (because I do actually have some eighth grade students who get two private lessons with me each week when their classmates have English lessons with their Taiwanese teachers and we have some extra “club/activity” periods also), I’d really be able to get the hours up. What are realistic expectations in terms of the level I could get them to (assuming that their instruction from their Taiwanese teachers will both help and hinder in different ways)?