Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2019

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

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Luz Garcia

Abstract

The development of English communication skills is ignored by most EFL learners in China. This problem attributes to sufficient practice during their English-learning process in class, since most public schools in China, grammar-translation is still the mainstream teaching approach. Which means that Chinese not English is used to give lectures. Students do grammatical analysis and vocabulary memorizing instead of communicating in the target language. However, this approach cannot help the development of students’ speaking fluency. The deficiency of English speaking a variety of problems when students need to communicate with English speakers. Besides, the inner shy personality and face-saving culture cause anxiety when Chinese EFL learners speak English.

Thus, this project provides a curriculum for EFL instructors, which aims at increasing more oral practice opportunities to help EFL learners enhance English-speaking skills. The whole curriculum is conducted on WeChat which is the most popular social mobile application in China and all of the lessons are task-based learning. Through completing tasks on WeChat, students can gain English-speaking practice without time and space constraint. What’s more, speaking English on social network sites can help Chinese EFL learners reduce anxiety effectively.

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