For Many Chinese Hoping to Study in the U.S., Language May Be a Problem

A large-scale survey of Chinese students interested in studying in the United States has found that nearly two-thirds of them do not speak English well enough to participate in an American classroom discussion.

The telephone survey of 25,000 prospective Chinese students—conducted recently by Zinch China, a consulting company that advises American colleges and universities about China—found that 62 percent of those surveyed had "poor" or "subfunctional" spoken English. When