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June 18, 2007

Surveys- Does Communicative Language Teaching Work with Chinese Students?

Hello Readers,

There's been a lot of debate about whether Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) can actually work in countries, like China, where students are used to a much more traditional grammar-translation method. On one hand, it has been said that "learners' beliefs about the kind of instruction that is best can influence their satisfaction and success," which seems to imply that CLT would not work. On the other hand, it has also been noted that many students who learn English with the grammar translation method (GTM) are too concerned about making mistakes and that few are able to speak freely, which seems to imply that the GTM does not work well either.

CLT is concerned with the "communication of meaning in interaction" and emphasizes the importance of the functions and purposes of a language rather than the "practice and manipulation of grammatical forms in isolation".

GTM is concerned with the explicit teaching of grammar rules and the use of translation exercises, and does not generally prepare students for spontaneous speech.

So, this month's survey question is...

... Does Communicative Language Teaching Work with Chinese Students?

To place your vote, go to the ESL Employment forum here: http://www.esl-jobs-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2428

Don't forget that you'll have to either register or log in before you can take part in the poll. (But don't worry, it's free!)

Question: Does Communicative Language Teaching Work with Chinese Students?

1) Yes, it works with most students
2) No, it generally doesn't work
3) Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't
4) I don't know

Anything missing from the above choices? Feel free to share additional ideas by commenting below!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for other interesting surveys (and their resultes) about the ESL industry? Click HERE!

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at June 18, 2007 02:59 AM

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