Date of Graduation

Summer 5-18-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

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


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Mohammad Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Brad Washington

Third Advisor

Luz Navarrette Garcia


English has been a compulsory subject in Grades 3-9 in China since 2010, English is also a compulsory subject at the secondary level and widely used at the postsecondary level as well. However, Chinese English teachers spend more time teaching English grammar and vocabulary translation while ignoring the instruction of listening and speaking. The importance of teaching listening has been ignored while listening skill is primary to the acquisition of the other language skills. Chinese students’ incompetence of listening and speaking has become a common phenomenon. Also, due to the exam-oriented education system in China, students are under intense pressure, which may lead to the reduction of their learning motivation. Materials being used are designed based on Guidelines on Graduation Examination, which could be monotonous and stereotyped.

According to the problems above, this project is aimed to provide a new way for teachers to instruct listening. It is designed to create an innovative and relaxed learning environment to lower students’ affective filter and increase their motivation.