ERIC Number: ED461291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-17
Reference Count: N/A
Applying Communicative Language Teaching in a Taiwanese Elementary School.
Jones, Nathan B.; Wang, Shun Hwa
This 3-year study examined a communicative language teaching (CLT) program within a Taiwanese elementary school, investigating whether the program would improve students' English skills, which variables would account for improved English skills, whether participating students would enjoy the program, and implications for teaching English in other Taiwanese elementary schools. A total of 134 fourth graders participated for 3 years in English language lessons taught by both Taiwanese and American native speakers of English. Teachers were trained in CLT and agreed to implement a CLT program within their school. Researchers observed the classes. Students completed pretests and posttests of oral, reading, and writing skills. Students also completed pre- and post-intervention interviews about their experiences with English. At the end of the third year, all 134 students completed written surveys on their perceptions of the quality of their English teaching program. Results indicated that students showed improvement in the development of all examined aspects of their English language skills. Variables influencing their improved English skills included having previously attended after-school classes in language centers and being satisfied with English classes. Most students enjoyed their CLT English classes. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Taiwan National Science Council, Taipei.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan