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Title: The Trend and Challenge for Teaching EFL at Taiwanese Universities
Paper URL: http://rel.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/2/211
Author: Gi-Zen Liu
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Homepage: http://myweb.ncku.edu.tw/~gizen/
Institution: National Cheng Kung University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: None
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Abstract: The author first talks about the current situation of teaching EFL in higher education institutions in Taiwan, and indicates that the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Approach has been the most popular language teaching approach lately. Then he addresses the hybrid course approach which seems to be a trend as well as an appropriate way for teaching English. Despite the popularity of CLT, the situation regarding implementation of CLT in Taiwanese higher education institutions is complex. The author discusses the background of Taiwanese EFL instructors, the contradictory findings about EFL learners’ preferences and needs, and the existing English learning problem among college students in the effort to provide a solution. In addition, he emphasizes the implementation and application of the Internet in Taiwan for facilitating e-learning and English learning with the adaptation of instructor’s role and student’s role when using CLT at Taiwanese universities in the Internet age.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: RELC Journal
Publication Info: RELC Journal, 36(2), 211-221
URL: http://rel.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/2/211


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