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Creating A Learner-Centered, And Need-based ELT Classroom In Chinese Schools

Posted on:2007-02-26Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:S Y ChenFull Text:PDF
GTID:2155360185961539Subject:English Language and Literature
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English classes are usually considered to be the major sources of language learning for the students at the compulsory stage in Shanghai. But a recent study indicates that about 94 percent of students' population in this city has tried one way or another to seek compensatory sources such as evening classes or other fee-paying training programs in spite of the free education provided by the state system. This study, based on a survey among over 2000 ninth graders in middle schools in Shanghai, analyzes the current classroom teaching models through quantitative and qualitative data. The findings indicate that the current teaching models, test-driven in nature, aggravate the pressure on the learners besides incurring extra financial burdens on their families.To change the current ELT class, to better serve students' needs, to improve ELT class, and to avoid waste of educational resources, the traditional teacher-centered approach needs to be transferred to a learner-centered one.Based on the survey among over 2000 students and teachers, the paper lends support to language teaching development and various theories to prove the advantage of learner-centered approach over a teacher-centered one.In the end, the paper makes some suggestions to help both teachers and students change their roles in ELT class. It also tries to offer some advise on how to prepare and organize an effective learner-centered class.
Keywords/Search Tags:teaching models, communicative language teaching, learner-based approaches
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