Principles & Strategies for English Corner Construction at Universities

Nianfen YANG


English corner activities have been included in the framework of second EFL classroom at many universities in China and regarded as one of the various meaningful activities in addition to teaching plans and activities required by the curriculum. English corner has the characteristics of natural environment, cooperative relationship, relaxed atmosphere, autonomous selection and large amount of practice. Based on communicative functional theory, constructivist learning theory, input hypothesis, output hypothesis, affective filter hypothesis as well as the exploration and practice experience of Hubei University for Nationalities, this paper proposed three general guiding principles and ten specific implementation strategies that were tested and verified by means of questionnaire and interview in which 356 students participated. At last five suggestions were put forward to solve the existing problems for English corner construction at universities. 


English corner; Guiding principles; Implementation strategies

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