Chinese lecturers' perceptions, problems and strategies in lecturing in English to Chinese-speaking students

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-138
Journal / PublicationRELC Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


This paper reports on the third stage of a longitudinal study into lecturing in English to non-English speaking students conducted at a university in Hong Kong. The first stage of this project (Flowerdew and Miller, 1992) focussed on the perceptions, problems and strategies of non-native speaking students receiving lectures in English from native-speaking lecturers. In the second stage of the project (Flowerdew and Miller, 1996a) the lecture situation was considered from the other side of the lecture equation, that of the lecturers. In the third stage of the project, which is reported here, the ESL lecture is again investigated from the lecturer's point of view, but this time the focus is not on expatriate native-speaking lecturers, but on local Chinese lecturers who share the L1 of their students and for whom English is also therefore a second language. After presenting the findings of this third stage of the project, the results of the three studies are compared and contrasted. Finally, the implications of the three studies when viewed collectively are considered and recommendations made for each of the three groups of subjects: NNS students, NS lecturers and NNS lecturers.