Role-play: An Effective Approach to Learning EFL for Chinese Students from the Perspective of Psychodynamics and Pedagogy

Qiang HUANG, Hong-zhong XIA


EFL learning in China is very popular; however, the effect of learning seems to be unsatisfactory all the time. This article analyzes three major obstacles of Chinese students in EFL learning and believes the role-play, a common approach to learning EFL, can help eliminate the three obstacles from the perspectives of psychodynamics and pedagogy. It believes the approach can stimulate the enthusiasm and initiative of Chinese students to express their ideas in English in the class if a teacher can fully make the advantage of the inborn instinct of show desire of human being, adopt the approach of role-play, and get rid of the traditional way of English teaching. Key words: obstacles of learning EFL; role-play approach; show desire; proper EFL learning environment and atmosphere; students as the leading role

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