Archive for May 15th, 2007

70s English Textbooks

Here are my Higher Primary (Pri.4 to Pri.6) English textbooks from 1972 to 1974. They were Primary Situational English Book 6 to 8;

If you have read my previous post on My Pri. 2 Chinese Textbooks, you will not be surprised that I still have my Primary School English Textbooks. There is something which I do not understand until now – why are the textbooks labelled Number 6 to 8 for Primary 4 to 6? Anyone, any idea?

Here is how my Pri.6 (1974) English Textbook looked inside;

It’s not as colorful as the current English textbooks and that is expected. But there were some very interesting stories even my son enjoy reading them.

Let’s compare it to my son’s last year Pri.6 English textbook (2006);

The front cover is very similar for Pri.1 to 6 and thus rather monotonous compared to mine. Now let’s check the inside;

Woh, it’s definitely far much more colorful.

No matter what changes they have done to the English textbooks or syllabus, I personally find it difficult to understand how English is taught in our school. So what’s the best way to teach our kids Grammar, Vocab, etc…?

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