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ERIC Number: EJ814844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
Western EFL Teachers and East-West Classroom-Culture Conflicts
Simpson, Steven T.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v39 n3 p381-394 2008
This article surveys some of the conflicts endemic to foreigners teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in China. Though learning English is very popular in China now and China is one of the most popular destinations for Western EFL teachers, neither the teaching nor learning of English comes without certain clashes in the classroom. These clashes result from divergent educational philosophies meeting in an environment that is both low in mutual awareness and high in expectations. However, with greater awareness and increased understanding, the effects of these clashes may be mediated. This article, after presenting and explaining relevant historical and cultural background, offers several culturally relevant reforms intended to help in the mediation process. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China