Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 2 June 2023 Pp. 48-64
Improving EFL Teaching in Chinese Universities: Perceptions of Teachers with Oversea Experience
School of Foreign Studies, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China
School of Foreign Studies, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China
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School of Foreign Studies, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou, China
Centre for Portuguese Studies, Macau Polytechnic University, Macao
Received:02/31/2023 Accepted:05/26/2023 Published:06/24/2023
This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of English teachers regarding the adverse effects of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in China, as well as their proposals for improving EFL instruction in the country. By exploring the views of experienced English teachers, this study provides valuable insights into how English as a Foreign Language pedagogy can be improved in China and other countries. The main research question is about the adverse effects of teaching English as a Foreign Language in Chinese higher education and the ways to improve its instruction. A thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews was conducted on a sample of 20 English teachers who possessed substantial experience teaching in Chinese higher education institutions. The participants’ teaching experience ranged from 3-20 years (SD = 5.3). The analysis involved the establishment of concordant codes and sub-codes, with the aid of two researchers and an external expert, to ensure the reliability and validity of the results. The findings showed that the teachers attributed English as a Foreign Language learners’ English deficiencies to the English teaching curriculum, self-directed learning, and the education system. Finally, the teachers suggested that self-directed learning skills and self-regulation were crucial for effectively applying language in authentic contexts. These findings have implications beyond China and are expected to enhance English pedagogy in other English as a Foreign Language countries. Thus, this research may contribute to improving the effectiveness of English teaching in China and other countries by providing a deeper understanding of the challenges and potential solutions associated with English as a Foreign Language instruction.
Keywords: English as Foreign Language, higher education, oversea experience, side effects, teacher perception,
Cite as: Xu, X., Su, Y., Xu, L., & Zhang, Y. (2023). Improving EFL Teaching in Chinese Universities: Perceptions of Teachers with Oversea Experience. Arab World English Journal, 14 (2) 48-64.
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