Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

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


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language


The ultimate goal of English learning is to enable students to communicate in English.

However, English education in China ignores the importance of English communicative ability. The problem lies in the teaching method, that is, solely adopting the Grammar Translation Method; the teaching model, only the “teacher-centered” teaching model is adopted for teaching, thus students do not have enough opportunities to practice spoken English; moreover, the teaching materials lack authenticity, practicality and content of target culture.

These three problems were explored as three themes in this field project and provided a unit plan on how to improve these problems. This unit uses the Communicative Language Teaching approach as the teaching method and adopts the "student-centered" teaching model. The content of the unit is related to the cultural topics of English-speaking countries, while providing a lot of interesting and meaningful classroom activities. When implementing this unit plan, it is recommended that teachers act as bystanders or observers, and students act as the main body in the classroom, giving students as many opportunities as possible to improve their communicative ability.

This project provides English educators, English educational institutions, schools, course material editors, course material developers with a unit plan on how to practically apply the theories of the Communicative Language Teaching to English language education.