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Title: Empirical studies on foreign language learning and teaching in China (2008–2011): A review of selected research
Author: Xuesong (Andy) Gao
Institution: University of Hong Kong
Author: Yanyi Liao
Institution: Guang Zhou University
Author: Yuxia Li
Institution: University of International Business and Economics
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: In this review, we highlight 60 articles from 1,120 empirical studies in leading language learning and teaching journals published on the Chinese mainland during the years 2008–2011. In preparing the review, we have found Chinese researchers addressing a wide range of topics including language learners’ cognitive processes, their language performance, and language teachers’ professional development. The selected studies document a variety of approaches to improving the teaching of the English language and meeting the demand for proficient English graduates in China. In addition, we have observed that leading Chinese journals have become more receptive to empirical studies and have published an increasing number of qualitative and mixed method studies. However, we also note that research scholarship in those journals is still beset with problems and there is a pressing need for our Chinese colleagues to become ‘discerning’ producers of scholarship. For this reason, we conclude this review with recommendations to Chinese journals, to help them play an even more significant role in promoting high quality empirical research in the future.

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This article appears in Language Teaching Vol. 47, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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