Use of Technology to Support the Learning and Teaching of English in China

  • Guofang Li
  • Xiaopeng Ni
Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 3)


Technology is generally considered a useful teaching tool in English as a foreign language education in China. With the belief that technology may benefit foreign language teaching and learning, China has expanded its technology infrastructure, equipment, and policy in the field of foreign language education. EFL teachers are encouraged to increase their use of technology in their English language classrooms. However, research to date has not examined how technology is used in EFL teaching in the Chinese context. In this chapter, the authors describe the historical stages and typical formats of technology use in supporting English language education in China. They then discuss current practices and issues related to technology integration in English education, including changes to assessment and evaluation practices. Finally, they use a dataset from their current research project to present the patterns and perceptions of technology use by Chinese elementary EFL teachers and students. Based on the historical development and their current study, the authors summarize several strategies and recommendations to improve the value of technology investment and the quality of technology-enhanced English language education in the Chinese context.


Technology Integration Language Education Teacher Professional Development English Teacher English Teaching 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Center for Instr. Technology & Distance LearningCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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