The Effectiveness of Content-Based Language Teaching and Task-Based Language Teaching in Teaching Reading to Learners of Military English
English Language, Literature & Culture
Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages: 39-43
Received: Apr. 22, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 2, 2019; Published: Jun. 24, 2019
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Yanxia Li, Department of Fundamental Courses Teaching, PLA Strategic Support Force Information Engineering University, Zhengzhou, China
Zhuo Chen, School of Foreign Studies, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
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This study explored the effectiveness of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and Content-Based Language Teaching (CBLT) on the reading ability of military English learners. 120 sophomore learners of military English were pretested and then homogenized and evenly assigned to four classes, with two belonging to the control group and the other two the experimental group. The control group received reading instruction based on CBLT, while the experimental group received reading instruction based on TBLT, both two sessions a week for 10 weeks. After the intervention, they were posttested. Then, their pretest scores and posttest scores were analyzed on SPSS 19.0 using paired samples t-test and independent samples t-test. A follow-up interview was also carried out to collect students’ feedback on the teaching method used. The results show that both the TBLT group and the CBLT group improved significantly regarding their reading ability from the pretest to the posttest, with the TBLT group outperformed the CBLT group in the posttest. It can be concluded that both TBLT and CBLT methods are effective in teaching reading comprehension to learners of military English, with TBLT method being more effective. A follow-up interview was carried out to explore the underlying reasons and some pedagogical implications are listed accordingly.
English for Specific Purposes, Content-Based Language Teaching, Task-Based Language Teaching, Reading Comprehension
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Yanxia Li, Zhuo Chen, The Effectiveness of Content-Based Language Teaching and Task-Based Language Teaching in Teaching Reading to Learners of Military English, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2019, pp. 39-43. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20190402.12
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