An Empirical Research on Application of Cohesion Theory in College Listening EFL Teaching

Chunxia Fu


Cohesion Theory of Halliday and Hasan has been widely applied in different subjects of College EFL teaching, particularly in reading comprehension, writing and translation practice. It can also be a practical theory for College Listening EFL Teaching. Based on that theory, an empirical research is carried out among the freshmen from two classes in Yangtze University College of Arts and Sciences, and it lasts for 16 weeks. One of the classes is Control Group (CG) and the other is Experimental Group (EG). Both groups have the same amount of exercises from the same teaching materials but with different guidance in class: the subjects in CG are taught in traditional ways while those in EG are trained with the guidance of Cohesion Theory. After the experimental teaching period, the data collected from students’ pre-test and post-test scores is analyzed by the SPSS software program. The pre-test results show that there is no statistically significant difference between the scores of EG and CG before the experiment (P= 0.932>0.05). While the post-test results demonstrate that there is a considerable improvement on the scores of the subjects in EG than that of CG (P=0.009 < 0.05).

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