Is the College English Test Band Four promoting or impeding college students' English language learning?: findings from classroom-based research at a university in central China

Cai, Yuyang (2006) Is the College English Test Band Four promoting or impeding college students' English language learning?: findings from classroom-based research at a university in central China. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

To investigate the antecedent conditions before the reform of the old CET-4 so as to determine whether the change is desirable or the education system is ready and able to take on the burden of implementation, this study was designed to look into whether the old CET-4 was affecting students' English learning, specifically, to look into whether CET-4 was affecting students' college English textbook study and which side of students' English learning is affected the most: listening, speaking, writing, or reading. Based on data collected through interviews with 12 participants and observations in four classes in a university in central China, this study showed that: l) different factors contributed to students' perceptions and actions in terms of their CET-4 information receiving, test preparation motivation, and test preparation strategies; 2) the influence of CET-4 increased as the test was approaching; 3) CET-4 had great influence on the content and intensity while a little on the ways of students' English learning; 4) CET-4 affected some participants' study of the college English course but not others'; and 5) CET-4 brought about receptive learning rather than productive learning. However, this study could not tell whether the old CET-4 exerted more positive washback than negative washback on college students' study of the college English course.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10252
Item ID: 10252
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 89-94.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2006
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--China--Examinations; Universities and colleges--China--Examinations--English language.

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