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Beijing expands its English programme

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Beijing expands its English programme

More people in the world speak Mandarin than English. But that doesn't help the Chinese communicate with foreigners. The government has stepped up efforts in its programme to teach Beijing citizens English. It will be mandatory for preschools to teach English by 2015, and police, shop assistants and receptions will also be required to learn the language. Read more: News24

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