Developing the communicative competence of Chinese EFL students

  • Zhi-ung Zhang

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Increasing contact between China and English-speaking countries
in recent years calls for competent language workers to fulfil
various communication tasks. To meet this need, it is of great
importance and urgency for the Chinese EFL teaching profession to be
conscious of the existing problem of communicative incompetence of
Chinese EFL learners and to strive for ways and means of reducing it.
This study was undertaken as an exploratory study of this problem.
As recognised by many now, linguistic competence alone is not sufficient
for a successful foreign language learner, one needs to acquire
communicative competence as well. In this study, a historical overview
of the theory of communicative competence is provided. Following it
is a detailed description of a survey which aimed to measure several
areas of communicative competence of Chinese learners of English and to
find out existing problems. Possible causal factors of those problems
are also discussed and are categorised into two groups: communicative
interference and weaknesses in the present curriculum, teaching
methodology and teaching materials. Finally , implications of this
study are examined and tentative suggestions are made in the hope that
more and more Chinese EFL teachers will respond to the problem and
search for ways to bring about effective learning.
Date of Award1983
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Canberra

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