A Study on What English Teachers Should Do in the English Classroom


  • Lirong Tian Chongqing Normal University




the English classroom, English learning and teaching, classroom interaction


It has long been taken for granted that what should be done in the English classroom largely consists of the presentation of knowledge and language practice. However, this is a questionable assumption. The learning of language knowledge and skills can take place both in and outside the classroom. Language learning taking place in the classroom should not be confined to presentation and practice. The paper argues that whatever can be achieved by students themselves outside the classroom should not be done in the class and that classroom learning should make full use of the presence of the teacher and peer students. Interactive activities are preferable whenever possible.

Author Biography

Lirong Tian, Chongqing Normal University

School of Foreign Languages and Literatures


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