Technology and Innovation in China's English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classrooms

Technology and Innovation in China's English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classrooms

Casey Medlock Paul (North Carolina State University, USA) and Hong Juan Liu (Beijing Royal School, China)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2924-8.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter will explore issues around technology and innovation in China's English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classrooms. In this chapter, the authors (a) discuss China's English language curriculum, (b) demonstrate the issues Chinese EFL teachers face with task-based language instruction, (c) explore how technology is currently used in EFL classrooms, and (d) examine how technology and innovative teaching methods can assist Chinese EFL teachers with integrating a communicative language approach in their classrooms. This chapter will also provide a case study of how one Chinese EFL teacher used technology to innovate EFL instruction.
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The purpose of this chapter is to (a) discuss China’s English language curriculum, (b) demonstrate the issues Chinese EFL teachers face with task-based language instruction, (c) explore how technology is currently used in EFL classrooms and (d) examine how technology and innovative teaching methods can assist Chinese EFL teachers with integrating a communicative language approach in their classrooms. This chapter will also provide a case study of how the second author used technology to innovate EFL instruction.

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