Our Mission and Values
School Channel is the result of many years of experience of working with Chinese students who are planning to come to the UK to study. Our experience, backed up by academic research, shows that, in spite of achieving high level qualifications before they arrive, Chinese students can have a significant disadvantage in being able to access their studies at an equal level with their native peers.
We have identified three key reasons for this:
Chinese students learn English from a very young age, but find themselves without the skills of fluency and confidence which native speakers enjoy.
The style of learning in the UK differs from that in China in significant ways, especially in the development of independent learning, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. These skills, alongside the central skill of communication form the 4 Cs of 21st Century skills.
Research indicates that the effects of culture shock can least for much longer than we might imagine, the effects lasting perhaps for a period of months or even years.