A Glimpse of New Mode for English Listening & Speaking Teaching for College Art Students

By Lu, Ji | Cross - Cultural Communication, July 1, 2014 | Go to article overview

A Glimpse of New Mode for English Listening & Speaking Teaching for College Art Students


Lu, Ji, Cross - Cultural Communication


Abstract

With the increasing integration of economies and cultures in recent years, different countries have enhanced exchanges and cooperation. English, as language extensively used for international exchanges, is playing a prominent role with each passing day. All colleges attach much importance to English learning of their students, especially for art students. If they hope to be able to go to the world stage in their future development, art students have to master English skillfully. So art colleges are required adopt new English listening and speaking teaching mode during teaching. They should try hard to train the students' abilities in English listening and speaking so as to lay a good foundation for their future art career. This article mainly analyzes the current situation of English listening and speaking teaching for college art students and the reasons for employing the new mode for English listening and speaking teaching. In addition, it mentions the differences between the new model and the traditional teaching. The article also offers the methods in order that both teachers and students are appropriate to the new mode.

Key words: Art colleges; College art students; English listening and speaking teaching; New model

INTRODUCTION

Progress is made constantly in our times. In order to achieve the rapid economic growth and promote the dissemination of its culture, a country needs to employ plentiful English talents for foreign exchanges and cooperation. So art colleges are facing a serious test. The major reason is that college art students are needed to have not only higher levels of artistic accomplishments, but also good English listening and speaking abilities so as to have better development in the future. However, art colleges are still adopting the traditional teaching methods for English teaching. Such methods focusing on the textbooks and the teachers' explanations cannot draw the attention of the art students, or even causes the students to be less positive in learning English. Since the art students cannot improve their English listening and speaking abilities, their future development is also restricted to some extent. In order to improve this situation, the state education authorities request the art colleges introduce the new mode for English listening and speaking teaching and prepare for improving the English listening and speaking abilities of the art students.

1. STATUS QUA OF ENGLISH LISTENING AND SPEAKING TEACHING FOR COLLEGE ART STUDENTS

It is common knowledge that the art colleges pay more attention to the students' scores of their major courses during the recruitment by neglecting the student's scores of the cultural courses. That's why the art students generally have weak English Foundation and poor English scores. Such recruitment method has made the art students have the wrong understanding to the cultural courses. They will give less attention to the learning of the cultural courses. So there will be more trouble for English teachers to give their listening and speaking lessons. According to a survey, 25% of the art students deem English is complicated and hard to learn in their second year of the senior high school. They completely lose confidence in learning English when they go to the colleges. Moreover, college English teachers lay more stress on the rigid textbook knowledge during teaching. They neither create a proper language environment for the art students nor impart the interesting teaching materials to the students. The result is that the students cannot concentrate themselves on English learning. They have lower abilities on English listening and speaking. They cannot make exchanges with the internationally excellent artists. In addition, the room for their art progress is so small that they cannot achieve great success in the future. Such situation is not good for the dissemination of Chinese culture or the improvement of China's artistic appreciation. …

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