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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Emily Zhang

English Language Teaching in Chinese Universities: Addressing Face-saving Behaviours of Students
07 DEC 2022
10.00 AM - 11.30 AM

"Despite years of learning English, it is observed widely that Chinese university students are unwilling to use English language to communicate orally both in and outside classroom contexts. This causes significant consequences for students, their learning, social participation, and achieving instructional objectives. One of the major causes for students' reticence to use English language to communicate orally is believed to be the practices of face-saving or linguistic shame and shaming. The proposed study aims to investigate how students' face-saving behaviours that hinder their oral communication are accommodated by university English language instructors in classrooms. The study follows a mixed-method research paradigm, which collects data in three phases via three different instruments. 

EFL instructors, recruited through snowball sampling, from three universities in Guangdong China will be participants in the study. In the first phase of data collection, a survey will be administered to extract data to explore participants' attitudes towards their students' face-saving behaviours in classes. During the second phase, data will be collected using classroom observations. The data collected during the first and second phases will be analysed to facilitate the third phase of data collection, which will involve semi-structured interviews to explore further the strategies adopted by the participants to deal with students' face-saving behaviour. 
This research offers insights into Chinese university English teachers' practices of coping with their students face-saving behaviours in class. It is expected that findings will have significant implications for the teaching of English oral communication in China in particular and for other similar contexts in general. Additionally, findings will be useful for the design and delivery of language teacher education programs and language teaching curricular.

For more information or zoom link, please email the Graduate Research School or phone (07) 4631 1088.  The zoom links are included in the ReDTrain Bulletin.