The effects of applying multimedia in primary English language teaching in China
Keywords:Multimedia, National University Entrance Examination, China’s Education
The main objective of this research was to investigate the effects of applying multimedia in primary English class in China. The main problems are related to how and why multimedia is able to help Chinese primary education students to learn English. Chinese students from primary education are losing their interests on English learning because the English class is considered to be boring for them due to the National University Entrance Examination (NUEE). Therefore, it is urgent for English teachers in China to find a method that not only help their students deal with the examination but also maintain students’ interests in learning English. Multimedia is a type of technology which includes videos, tapes, and audio materials in the teaching and learning practices. Here in this paper, the multimedia mainly refers to a teaching approach used by teachers which involves graphics, audio, video, or movies in English class. The results of this investigation indicated that multimedia tends to maintain students’ interests, increase vocabulary acquisition, facilitates reading ability of students, and improve students’ listening skills. Multimedia is considered to be good to be implemented for English learning. Therefore, schools or educational institutions are expeted to provide teachers with opportunities of training with the use of multimedia. In this case, teachers are encouraged to use multimedia to enhance teaching and learning practices.