Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Yi Guan

Abstract

It has increasingly become a common phenomenon that a lot of focus is placed on listening skills and disregarding the significance of oral skills in English classes in China. This mode of teaching that allows students to practice only listening, but not practice speaking, has a lot of drawbacks. Classroom context where students are denied the opportunity to participate by speaking the language does not motivate them to develop pragmatic skills that are useful for learners. This project illustrates how classroom teacher-student interactions occur and how the use of appropriate social media technology could be useful to motivate learners. It is necessary for educators to reconsider the current learning model to enhance learners’ participation to improve the process of elementary school English teaching and promote the quality of English teaching. The significance of this project is that it is informative to increase teacher and student interaction, through various techniques with the aim of enhancing learners’ motivation and interest. The current project explores the current shortcomings of teaching a second language teaching in China, develops innovative and engaging lesson plans, and finally recommends practical strategies that can be used to manage these challenges.

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