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ERIC Number: EJ1080690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors Affecting the Implementation of Communicative Language Teaching in Taiwanese College English Classes
Chang, Ming; Goswami, Jaya S.
English Language Teaching, v4 n2 p3-12 Jun 2011
Foreign language teaching in many Asian-Pacific countries in recent decades has shifted toward communicative-focused instruction. However, researchers have reported a gap between policy and practice. To incorporate teachers' voices in adopting the communicative approach in the curriculum, this study explores factors that promote or hinder EFL teachers' implementation of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in Taiwanese college English classes. The findings indicated that the factors that impacted implementation of CLT related to teachers, students, the educational system, and suitability of CLT in the local context. Also, certain situational constraints were found to hinder the implementation of CTL. The article provides practical recommendations for teachers, educators, and policy makers to further improve teacher training, curriculum design, and situational constraints to ensure success in implementing the CLT approach.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages), College Students, College Faculty, Barriers, Teaching Conditions, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Attitude Measures, Teacher Education, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Curriculum, Educational Resources, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan