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A History of English in Chinese Education

The Principle of Coordination During the process of optimizing multimedia English teaching in context creation, it is inappropriate to change the classroom into a platform for information exchange between students and modern machinery. Multimedia language teaching is not simply a “means of introducing multimedia” (see, for example, Gong & Zhou, 2007). Attention should be paid to coordination between teachers and students, teaching materials and methods, theory and practice and multimedia teaching and the real learning environment. Students learn to take the initiative to promote exchanges with teachers, and vice versa; it is not appropriate to apply too many teaching methods or provide too much courseware to students. It is important to choose the most suitable teaching method for creating a real teaching and learning environment to help students gain the most intuitive and cultural information using various functions and forms of multimedia presentation. In this way, students can develop self-confidence in communication and improve their overall English skills. 3.6 The Principle of Pluralism Pluralism with Intelligence requires teachers to choose and create appropriate and comprehensive educational methods to promote the full development of students based on the educational content, their intelligence structure, their interests, and their different characteristics. Teaching English in order to create a multimedia classroom context not only restricts but also affects the students’ own intellectual development. English teachers should constantly make use of the advantages of multimedia teaching to update English teaching concepts and teaching strategies, and produce scenario-style, animation-style, case-style, analogue-style, and game-show-style films as self-supporting material to inspire students. This will create multimedia English teaching context conducive to the development of Multiple Intelligence (Gardner, 1983) (Note 3), as well as diversifying the teaching forms, to fully motivate students to capture and understand the information, and encourage them to learn English. We believe that this is an effective way of promoting students’ all-round development of intellectual awareness, and to maximize their potential for intellectual development.