An Empirical Study on Speaking Proficiency Training for Chinese EFL Learners
Improving students’ speaking proficiency has always been a challenge for Chinese EFL teachers. With the traditional training mode students had low motivation to speak, insufficient exposure to authentic language input, inadequate teachers’ instruction on social strategies and no collaborative learning environment to find a partner to practice English with. Aiming at solving the above-mentioned problems of traditional training mode, the research proposes a multi-dimensional training mode with DV as its media, task as its center, cooperative learning as its form, campus English native speakers as its resources, textbooks as its content. Results of the empirical study prove the mode to be effective in increasing the students’ levels of speaking proficiency, social strategy and motivation.
Key words: EFL teaching in Chinese context; Speaking proficiency training; Task-based learning; Cooperative learning; DV
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