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ERIC Number: ED400687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
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Chinese Learners' Communicative Incompetence: Causes and Solutions.
Liao, Xiaoqing
Some causes of difficulty experienced by Chinese learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) in attaining communicative competence in the target language include lack of appropriate teacher strategies; teachers' limited English language proficiency; neglect of education in the target culture; lack of communicative activities; students' instrumental, not integrative, learning motivation; poorly designed textbook; limited English input outside the classroom; and exposure primarily to written English within the classroom. Proposed solutions include use of a five-stage teaching method (review, presentation, drill, practice, consolidation) that corresponds to the stages of information processing, a learner- oriented environment and skill-oriented teaching method, increased practice in listening and speaking skills, teaching of reading and writing skills as a means of communicating ideas, increased cultural awareness, stimulation of student motivation through classroom and extracurricular activities that are both authentic and of interest to the students, creation of a low-anxiety learning environment, training teachers to adapt instructional materials for communicative practice, natural and realistic classroom language practice, and increased use of English in the classroom. Contains seven references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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