A Study of graded English language teaching at Shanxi University of Finance and Economics

Year: 2005

Author: Guo, Naizhao, Wills, Robin

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper discusses an investigation of a one-year experiment of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) conducted at Shanxi University of Finance and Economics. The experiment involved three teachers and 550 non-English major undergraduates of the University, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The study aims to find the factors influencing English listening comprehension and the strategies to be taken that might improve students’ listening comprehension. The study has also sought new ways of cultivating listening comprehension competence in TEFL in the Chinese context. In the light of constructivist linguistics theory and practice this paper analyses the nature of listening and comprehension and the process of listening comprehension. The paper indicates that among current problems, and their causes in English teaching practice, the most frequent is that of cultural difference and its affect on listening comprehension. According to the practice of TEFL in the University, the author puts forward the teaching approach of “listening-based, overall development” and addresses listening comprehension strategies such as distinguishing different stages of listening teaching, matching instruction to students’ individual differences, developing students’ listening comprehension micro skills, and especially focusing on cultural learning in language teaching. Results of the research are of significance and may prove beneficial to English language teaching in Chinese tertiary institutions

Key words: Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), listening comprehension competence, listening comprehension strategies, and cultural knowledge