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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2023, 6(17); doi: 10.25236/FER.2023.061708.

Investigating the Origins of Silence in College English Classrooms and Exploring Potential Remedies


Zhuang Ping

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Zhuang Ping

English Department, Liaoning Institute of Science and Technology, Benxi, China


The issue of silence in college English classrooms has long been a matter of concern. Many students exhibit a reluctance to actively engage in discussions and presentations. This silence not only hampers the development of students’ language skills and critical thinking abilities but also impedes effective classroom teaching and interaction. Therefore, it is crucial to explore the causes of silence in college English classrooms and propose potential solutions. By conducting an in-depth analysis of this problem, we can help students overcome psychological barriers, stimulate their interest in learning, and foster a desire for self-expression. Additionally, teachers can utilize these findings to enhance their teaching methods and improve overall teaching quality.


College English classroom, Silence Phenomenon, Teaching Methods

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Zhuang Ping. Investigating the Origins of Silence in College English Classrooms and Exploring Potential Remedies. Frontiers in Educational Research (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 17: 42-47. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2023.061708.


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