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English Language Teaching in China New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards by Jun Liu

English Language Teaching in China New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards


English Language Teaching in China New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards by Jun Liu

This book examines the importance of English language teaching in China, but also the need for this teaching to be modernised in order for China to better join the world economy. The current trend within English teaching in China is for 'communicative competence' - that is, in being understood even if the English usage is incorrect.This volume argues that more solid grammar teaching must be coupled to this communicative competence, if English language teaching in China is to be successful. The contributors to this volume examine every aspect of language teaching and suggest new ways in which communication and grammar can be balanced. The chapters include coverage of: the importance of English in a global world; theories of language teaching; creating a learning environment; using multimedia; online learning; language testing; and appropriate teacher training. With its balance of theory and practice, and internationally renowned contributors, this guide to new approaches, perspectives and standards in language teaching will be essential reading for academics interested in applied linguistics and second language acquisition, and English language teaching professionals.


. ..this volume presents a number of well-known writers, and also some who bring new insights to the applied linguistics/language acquisition field...the book is interesting and timely...the question of how English is taught in China is not one we can overlook. This book contributes to our current understanding, and hopefully will serve to stimulate further research in this highly dynamic area of English teaching and learning. TESOLANZ Newsletter, July 2009 The strength of the book for the non-Chinese reader lies in its cultural insights and in the insight offered into current issues in ELT in China, rather than in suggestions for how to teach English to Chinese students outside the PRC. The range of writers included is impressive and the book contains useful end-of-chapter references. Clear chapter outlines, large page numbers and a clear index add to the book's navigability, making it a useful reference for anyone interested in the area. The Asian Learner Vol 4, No. 1--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Jun Liu is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona, USA. He is the President of TESOL and Executive Director of the English Language Center, Shantou University, China.

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Publication date

14th December 2007


Jun Liu

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


288 pages


ELT: teaching theory & methods



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