Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2020

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

In recent years, second language teaching in China, especially English teaching, has developed rapidly, making significant progress, and training a large number of outstanding non- native English speakers. However, Chinese cultural knowledge and its English expressions are neglected, resulting in learners' weak ability to express Chinese culture by using their second language. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the integration of Chinese culture in English teaching materials and improve China ’s second language education.

This project first analyzes the current situation of weak cross-cultural communication competence of English learners in China, then explains the reasons cause for this phenomenon, and finally proposes effective strategies to eliminate this phenomenon, such as the importance of integrating Chinese cultural knowledge in the English textbooks.

This project also includes a sample textbook that shows how to combine Chinese culture and English in the form of lesson plans, involves traditional Chinese festivals, places of interest, legends, and history. To help high-intermediate level to advanced level English learners improve their second language skills and cross-cultural knowledge.

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