Chinese Context, Formal Teaching, Task-Based Instruction, Traditional Teaching
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This paper reviews different definitions of task and comments on Task-Based Instruction(TBI). The author argues that communicatively-oriented TBI shouldn’t dominate Chinese EFL classroom by considering Chinese characteristics of EFL teaching context. The author expounds the importance and necessity of traditional formal teaching in terms of grammar, vocabulary and translation respectively, but also points out its demerits. In the final part, the author describes the TBI as the integration of communicative activities into the teaching of formal features and recommends the ways to apply TBI in the Chinese context