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ERIC Number: ED442285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 150
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Can Whole Language Be Applied to Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Secondary Schools in Taiwan: Problems, Challenges, and Possibilities.
Lo, Yi-Hsuan Gloria
The purpose of this study is to identify the issues, concerns, and challenges that will arise if whole language is applied to teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in high school in Taiwan. Research questions include the following: (1) What are the issues, concerns, and challenges if whole language is applied to teaching English in Taiwanese high schools? (2) What educational implications for English education in Taiwan can be drawn from the discussion of these issues, concerns, and challenges? and (3) What proposals can be made if whole language is applied as an alternative approach to teaching EFL in Taiwan? The thesis is divided into five chapters. Chapter one is an overview of the purpose, context, and significance of the research questions. Chapter two is an examination of English education in Taiwan and the problems high school EFL students face when they go to college. Chapter three is an introduction to the whole language approach. Chapter four is a discussion of the problems facing EFL education in Taiwan, using the theoretical lens of whole language, and concludes with the judgment that entrance examinations, teachers' assumptions about teaching and learning, and the differences between learning English as a first and second language are the main barriers to applying the whole language approach in Taiwan. Chapter five concludes with proposals for the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, school boards, and EFL teachers interested in applying the whole language approach to EFL education. Extensive scholarly references, a bibliography, three tables, and five appendices are included. (KFT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan