An Analysis of Communicative Language Teaching Methodology and Its Application on Language Learning in China

Xiaotong HE



This paper mainly introduces the prevalent methodology which is known as Communicative Language Teaching, or CLT. The origins and evolution of the methodology are firstly introduced. Through analyzing its major principles and approaches, the paper examines how the CLT methodology influences approaches to language teaching today. From the analysis, the CLT methodology does help to raise language learners’ interests and advance their learning efficiency. However, in the process of applying the CLT method in English classrooms of China, it is constrained by some factors in terms of the different language and culture backgrounds. Thus the paper illustrates these problems which lead to the limitations of CLT application in Chinaand also provides the solutions on how to integrate traditional teaching methodologies with communicative language teaching method in English classes in China.

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