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Title: An investigation and analysis of the role of input in foreign language acquisition : a study of English Majors in Guizhou, China
Author: Wang, Zhiyun
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 1999
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The present study attempted to investigate and analyse the role of methodological and semantic input in acquisition of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for English majors in Guizhou, China. The most problematic phenomena for these students were: their habitual dependence on grammatical analysis and mental translation for comprehension and production (though they had studied EFL for six years in the middle school and about two years in the university), their undercultivated skills in social communication, and the unbalanced development of their language receptivity and productivity. The study set out to investigate three main issues: (i) whether a modification of teaching methodology would help students to achieve more balanced linguistic development; (ii) whether their comprehension and use of English would be effectively stimulated by Anglophone cultural input at the beginning of university study; and (iii) whether enhancing the comprehensibility and applicability of linguistic input would accelerate L2 acquisition and increase the likelihood of target language use. Since no previous comparable research had been conducted in this field of enquiry in Guizhou (or probably even in China), the purpose of this programme was to upgrade English teaching there.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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