Towards a curriculum in listening comprehension for training Chinese EFL students

  • Li Fu Sheng

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This field study is aimed at exploring a suitable
    curriculum in listening comprehension, especially for
    training Chinese EFL (English as a Foreign Language!
    students. The paper is concerned with relating three
    themes: why the emphasis should be laid on listening
    practice, what strategies should be used to develop a
    feasible curriculum and what factors should be considered
    during the designing process. This study project
    is intended to be useful to both Chinese EFL teachers
    in search of a listening curriculum and the students
    who need ear training in EFL study. The basic aims,
    objectives and scope of the study are explained in the
    The first chapter presents an overview of existing
    difficulties and problems in developing the aural abilities
    of the Chinese EFL students. In Chapter 2, the
    importance of establishing clear and definite teaching
    aims is discussed and two basic aims of teaching listening
    comprehension are suggested according to the students'
    needs in their communication with native speakers and in
    their further study of EFL. Chapters 3 and 4 are concerned
    with choosing and sequencing the course content.
    Criteria of selecting materials and of classifying unit
    aims and objectives are studied in an attempt to find a
    way of teaching listening skills in a systematic manner.
    Chapter 5 outlines the main teaching activities and
    strategies of achieving the established objectives.
    The final chapter is devoted to the discussion of establishing
    an evaluation procedure throughout the whole
    designing process, with stress put on testing students'
    progress and the results of their learning. The whole
    content of the study is summarized through a suggested
    curriculum model in the Conclusion.
    In the process of study, theoretical concepts and
    linguistic principles basic to understanding spoken
    English are discussed and used as a reasonable basis for
    the curriculum. It is intended that this field study
    will contribute in some way to curriculum design in
    Listening comprehension, a facet of TEFL which has seldom
    been systematically treated in China.
    Date of Award1983
    Original languageEnglish

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