Application of Cohesion Theory in College Listening EFL Teaching

Chunxia FU


Cohesion Theory of Halliday and Hasan is widely applied in different subjects of EFL teaching, particularly in reading comprehension, writing and translation practice. However, it is not very often applied in college listening to EFL teaching. As grammar and vocabulary have, often was laid great importance in listening comprehension. Cohesion theory which involves grammatical cohesion and lexical cohesion can also be applied in college listening to EFL teaching with great efficiency. Thus, the details and examples of its application in college listening to EFL teaching have been stated in this article. We may conclude that the listening materials can be understood much better by applying the cohesive devices. Both the teachers and students will benefit a lot from this application. On the one hand, the teachers will improve the teaching efficiency of listening classes. On the other hand, the students’ listening abilities would be improved with the cohesive devices.



Cohesion theory; College English; EFL teaching

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