CSDI employed a native English speaker to serve as an English teacher from September 2002 to June 2003. During this time, colleagues in CSDI made significant efforts to speak and write in the classes. These efforts were carried over into daily conversations, within written document translations and letter writing.
We began with English-language newspaper or magazine articles that were relevant to the news or ‘hot’ topics. These articles and topics were assigned as reading and consequently a discussion followed in each class. After a few months, the assignments even included the students writing their own opinions and articles.
Language requires consistent practice and speaking, not just cramming or reciting. All the evidences showed that the CSDI colleagues overcame their fear to talk and changed from being afraid to talk to daring and even willing to talk. The more difficulties the CSDI colleagues overcame,the more confidence they obtained. Some colleagues even discovered their inherent talent for languages, especially the English language.
Above all, the progress of official documents written in English was also clear and obvious. CSDI colleagues not only revised the English web-site introductions, but also posted some scheduled important classes as hot-news on time. Moreover, the Director-General, Dr. Thomas Wang, urged CSDI colleagues to write some specific events,conference records, briefings, English conversations, information on training courses and terminology on Human resource（HR）development in English.
This training project provided CSDI with the successful ability to promote and achieve a sound command of English. We are glad that CSDI is on the threshold of bilingualism in our government.