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An investigation into Chinese ESL learners’ perceptions of English language teaching and learning in Australia: a case study of an English language training program

posted on 2022-03-29, 02:20 authored by Jie Fan
In recent decades, with the rapid economic development of China, there has been a large influx of Chinese students into Western countries to pursue their studies. Empirical research by Yu and Shen (2006) indicates that some international students have difficulties adapting to the Western learning environment due to linguistic and academic challenges. Adopting a qualitative case study approach, this thesis examines how Chinese ESL learners perceive English language teaching in Australia and the learning difficulties they face. By doing so, it seeks to help instructors make informed pedagogical decisions and assist learners in addressing these difficulties. Ten Chinese students who were or have been enrolled in an English language program at Macquarie University participated in qualitative interviews. Meanwhile, the researcher observed five English sessions to gain a better understanding of Western teaching pedagogy. The findings reveal that the participants show highly positive attitudes toward the communicative approach, and mostly favor grammar instruction within communicative practice. The learning difficulties they experience are mostly influenced by their prior exposure to Chinese teaching and learning styles. English language teaching at Macquarie University is communication-oriented and learner-centered, and generally corresponds with what the learners reported during the interviews.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Design and methodology -- Chapter 4. Results and discussion -- Chapter 5. Conclusions, implications and limitations -- References -- Appendices.


Bibliography: pages 64-71 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics

Department, Centre or School

Department of Linguistics

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Mehdi Riazi


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