Academic journal article Studies in Literature and Language

Empirical Reforms on New-CET4 Communicative Listening Teaching

Academic journal article Studies in Literature and Language

Empirical Reforms on New-CET4 Communicative Listening Teaching

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Abstract

As proved, communicative listening test and teaching are indivisible partners but are not subordinate to each other; only by effective interaction of each other and promoting their active strengths, will productive fruits come into reality in walks of language acquisition (Lei, 2012). Subsequent to the Empirical Reforms on New-CET4 Listening Test, This article also selects two representative classes of sophomores coming from Hubei University of Education as the sample to complete the empirical research on what necessary strategies should be employed in New-CET4 communicative listening teaching, in the methods of quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis with the help of the instrument SPSS (Statistics Planning of Social Science). The research findings prove that the student-centered communicative listening teaching mode of "view-listen-imitate-interpret-evaluate" based on the principle of teaching students in accordance with aptitude, is beneficial to build up students' authentic communicative competence in different situations.

Key words: Empirical reforms; CET-4(College English Test Band 4); Communicative listening teaching

INTRODUCTION

As proved in Development Status of Communicative Listening Test and Teaching, communicative listening test and teaching are indivisible partners but are not subordinate to each other; only by effective interaction of each other and promoting their active strengths, will productive fruits come into reality in walks of language acquisition (Lei, 2012). Subsequent to the empirical reforms on New-CET4 Listening test (Lei, 2012), this research continue to explore what corresponding reforms should be conducted in communicative listening teaching and what teaching strategies are beneficial to the common development of New-CET4 listening test and teaching in the purpose of enhancing students' communicative competence.

To work out and verify the empirical communicative teaching strategies, following comparative empirical studies has been conducted in the subject college-Hubei University of Education as well.

1. EMPIRICAL REFORMS ON NEW-CET4 LISTENING TEACHING

1.1 Hypotheses and Purpose

The Hypothesis of this empirical study on New CET4 communicative listening teaching activities lies in that there is no Mean difference between the scores that students successively got in New-CET4 listening test before and after conducting reformed teaching strategies, which is called null hypothesis. If the null hypothesis is rejected by the results of empirical study, it can be proved that there is a notable difference between them, which identifies that the reformed communicative listening teaching strategies have a significant impact on students' achievements both in comprehension-oriented and communication-oriented New-CET4 listening test.

The purpose of this study is to verify whether the reformed communicative listening teaching strategies will do contribute to students' authentic communicative competence in methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical study both in horizontal and longitudinal comparisons.

1.2 Subjects

Same as An Empirical Study on Problems Involved in CET4 Communicative Listening Test and Teaching, this study also employ two classes of 95 student subjects (one is engineering management class of 2008 grade named Class 2, the other one is primary education class of 2008 grade named Class 1 in following study).

1.3 Instruments

In order to make the empirical study convinced, effective and justified, one or more instruments should be taken into SPSS (Statistical Program for Social Sciences) such as questionnaire, test and interview as follows.

1.3.1 Questionnaire

Before the empirical study, the questionnaire has been conducted at the very beginning of second semester in 2010, in the purpose of collecting students' attitudes towards current CET4 listening teaching activities and then work out some effective strategies in listening teaching, which aims at building up students' practical communicative competence in different situations. …

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