In search of appropriate techniques for teaching speaking skills to Chinese tour guide students

  • Wang Fu-xiang

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


With the rapid development of the tourism industry in China, the need to train more and more competent tour guides has become more urgent than ever. These tour guides require a sophisticated level of spoken English, but, at present, their English-speaking proficiency is far from satisfactory. It is this problem that has inspired the writing of this paper, The paper attempts to search for appropriate teaching techniques that would be useful for improving the speaking skills of Chinese tour guide students.
The paper is divided into six chapters. Chapter 1will outline the problem being discussed. Chapter 2 the aims to suggest solutions to the problem stated in Chapter . After discussion of relevant issues, it is decided that Mim-Mem, Dialogue and Role-playing might be appropriate techniques for teaching the speaking skills to Chinese tour guide students. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 deal with the Mim-Mern Technique, the Dialogue Technique and tie Roleplaying Technique respectively. After an examination of the three suggested techniques, Chapter 6 discusses material ?reparation and provides practical suggestions for classroom applications. The paper should be regarded as an initial base for further discussion and research.
Date of Award1983
Original languageEnglish

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