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ERIC Number: ED413790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 68
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The Difficulties and Challenges of Adopting the Communicative Approach in TEFL at Secondary Schools in Qinghai Province, China.
Zhang, May Xiu-qin
This study identifies and describes the difficulties faced by secondary school Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Qinghai Province (China) in adopting the communicative approach to language instruction. It examines the perceptions of both teachers and teacher trainers. Data were drawn from semi-structured interviews with one trainer and five trainees following workshops on the communicative approach and from a program evaluation questionnaire completed by 19 participants (transcripts of both appended). Salient problems in implementing the communicative approach include: pressure of external examinations on both teachers and students; the textbook-centered nature of the uniform curriculum; problems inherent in ethnic minority education; the low status and poor motivation of teachers; teachers' distrust of educational administrators and their ideas; teachers' low levels of English proficiency; poor facilities; and the location of training sessions far from the province itself. It is concluded that the results provide a snapshot of English language education in Qinghai Province and the problems to be addressed in future teacher training programs. (Contains 73 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China