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Intercultural Communicative Teaching in the EFL Classroom

Intercultural communicative competence is highly recognized and required for global interaction all over the world these days. Therefore, intercultural communicative teaching is increasingly becoming necessary and significant in foreign language education, especially English teaching in China. To better understand and implement intercultural communicative teaching in the EFL classroom, this paper first differentiates relevant concepts involved in intercultural communicative teaching, then digs more into models of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural communicative teaching approaches, and finally summarizes and reflects on intercultural communicative teaching in the EFL classroom.Intercultural communicative competence is highly recognized and required for global interaction all over the world these days. Therefore, intercultural communicative teaching is increasingly becoming necessary and significant in foreign language education, especially English teaching in China. To better understand and implement intercultural communicative teaching in the EFL classroom, this paper first differentiates relevant concepts involved in intercultural communicative teaching, then digs more into models of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural communicative teaching approaches, and finally summarizes and reflects on intercultural communicative teaching in the EFL classroom.

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Gender and Olds’ Advice in Written Signs: A Pragmatic Study

Giving advice refers to an attempt by the speaker to express what the addressee should do in a particular situation or what is good for him/her. It is also a feature of making social relations and communications move smoothly and become stronger. The current study aims to investigate the strategies of the speech act of advice by old females and males for the younger generation in written signs. Comparison is made between old females and males regarding their pragmatic use of advice and the way they are manifested in expressing gender identity differences. The sample of the study consists of (30) written signs of advice divided equally between the two gender groups. Hinkel’s (1997) classification of the strategies for perceiving the speech act of advice is adopted to code the data of the current study. The results show that females’ advice-giving strategies are more varied than males although the two gender groups rely heavily on one basic strategy. Besides, age, as another social variable, appears to have a major role in shaping the strategy used by old people in giving advice and that gender identity is best reflected in lexical choices of emotional words, especially by females.

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Status and Countermeasures of English Normal Students’ Teaching Practice Ability Based on Core Competence: A University Level Case Study

Teaching practice ability is the external manifestation of the professional development of English teachers and it is the essential element of improving the quality of teachers. English normal students are an important source of basic English education in China, so it is of great importance to cultivating English normal students’ teaching practice ability. In this study, the literature research method and questionnaire survey method were used to study the current situation of the teaching practice ability of English normal students at Yangtze University. It can be found that students with a more thorough understanding of the core competence have stronger teaching practice ability, which shows that core competence is an important theoretical support to improve the teaching practice ability of students. Finally, 3 strategies are proposed to promote students’ teaching practice ability, (1) Imperceptibly affecting, and strengthening teachers’ emotions and beliefs, (2) Improving the level of teachers and building a team of university teachers with core competence, and (3) Optimizing the structure of practical courses.

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A Narrative Study of Professional Growth of Outstanding Elementary School Music Teachers

Outstanding elementary school music teachers are outstanding representatives of the elementary school music teacher community, and they are the objects of study and emulation for general elementary school music teachers. Their professional growth experiences can provide inspiration for teacher education institutions to train elementary school music teachers and for general elementary school music teachers to grow professionally on their own. The narrative study of the outstanding elementary school music teachers revealed that the factors affecting their professional growth were from four aspects: personal, family, school and society, and the basic ways of their professional growth were professional learning, teaching and research activities and reflective summaries. It is pointed out that social opinion and encouragement are the key prerequisites for the professional growth of elementary school music teachers, government support and guidance are the important conditions for the professional growth of elementary school music teachers, and school service and management are the basic guarantees for the professional growth of elementary school music teachers, and independent learning and reflection are the inexhaustible motivation for the professional growth of elementary school music teachers.

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