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Application of the Zone of Proximal Development in College English Teaching

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DOI: 10.23977/aduhe.2022.040709 | Downloads: 25 | Views: 754

Author(s)

Lulu Ni 1

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1 Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

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Lulu Ni

ABSTRACT

As an important teaching theory, Vygotsky’s theory of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) has an undeniable guiding role in English teaching. This article is mainly aimed at college students’ English teaching classrooms and provides teachers with specific teaching processes and methods based on ZPD theory. Among them, heuristic teaching method, interactive teaching method and scaffolding teaching method are all based on the actual development level and potential development level of students in ZPD theory, as well as the peer help point of view emphasized by ZPD. This article uses the literature analysis method, combined with the actual classroom situation, to illustrate the effectiveness, limitations and further research directions of ZPD. In terms of effectiveness, this article focuses on the actual application results of ZPD in college English classrooms; In terms of limitations, this article discusses the limitations of ZPD and the deficiencies of the research in this article; In terms of future research, this article proposes empirical research necessity.

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Zone of proximal development (ZPD), college English teaching, teaching process, teaching methods, scaffolding

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Lulu Ni, Application of the Zone of Proximal Development in College English Teaching. Adult and Higher Education (2022) Vol. 4: 49-54. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23977/aduhe.2022.040709.

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