On the Content-Based Instruction of EFL for Chinese Undergraduates

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 207)


Content-based instruction has been gaining widespread popularity in the teaching of both ESL and EFL. Despite its reported and recognized advantages, however, many English teachers fail to make full use of its content and benefits of language learning. In addition, there are comparatively few studies which offer theoretical foundation for content-based teaching and constructive suggestions for its integration in the settings of EFL. This article aims to connect theory with practice and help teachers of EFL in China to maximize the potential of content-based instruction. To achieve this goal, it first presents a short literature review on project-based instruction, followed by a summary of its advantages and beneficial outcomes of using the internet in order to implement it. It then proposes an eight-step process for the sequencing of project work and finally demonstrate a real-world project specially designed for Chinese EFL students. Both the design and the teaching activities proposed can be easily transferred to other settings.


Content-based instruction Project-based learning Internet 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesHubei Engineering UniversityXiaoganChina

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