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    Re: Please help with British English

    Hi everyone!

    I am back with another question regarding British English as it is spoken in China.

    China has a few universities that contain the word "Normal" in the name of the institution. For example, in China there is a university named Shanghai Normal University. This is not used in American English. Is such a name used in British English, or is it only "Chinglish"?

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    #32

    Re: Please help with British English

    It's not used in the UK. Out of curiosity, how does a "Normal" university differ from other universities?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #33

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    A Normal College or University refers to one which provides instruction for soon-to-be school teachers. This terminology was used in America at one time to refer to such colleges and universities, but went out of style in America maybe 100 years ago. (Apparently, this term is still used in China to refer to such Teacher Colleges.)

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    #34

    Re: Please help with British English

    It's still commonly used in France (écoles normales) so I assume it was also once common in English, too. I don't know what it means in France but I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with teaching.

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    Last edited by tzfujimino; 28-Apr-2018 at 20:01.

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    #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaTurtle View Post
    A Normal College or University refers to one which provides instruction for soon-to-be school teachers. This terminology was used in America at one time to refer to such colleges and universities, but went out of style in America maybe 100 years ago. (Apparently, this term is still used in China to refer to such Teacher Colleges.)
    It was commonly used in English Canada until about fifty years ago. At that time the process of educating future teachers was reformed, and the term "normal school" fell out of use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It was commonly used in English Canada until about fifty years ago. At that time the process of educating future teachers was reformed, and the term "normal school" fell out of use.
    Fascinating! I wonder if it was about that time that the usage in the States changed too.
    Last edited by NinjaTurtle; 02-May-2018 at 16:29.

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    #38

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    Quite probably.

    US and Canadian legislation tend to mimic each other. In our case what we did was to close the normal schools and tranfer teacher training to the universities. They in turn began to offer B.Ed. and M.Ed degrees.

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    #39

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    A friend attended one of these colleges in Pisa:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuola...eriore_di_Pisa

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    #40

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    In Tempe, Arizona USA (near Phoenix, Arizona) a college once called Tempe Normal has now grown into Arizona State University.

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