College English is one of the most important teaching subjects in universities. It is mainly to train students’ language ability so that students can combine their own majors and languages to improve professional cross-cultural communication ability. Students are the main body of learning and teachers are the organizers and guides of learning activities. In college English reading classes, teachers should guide students (especially non-English majors) to exert their subjective initiative in learning, actively participate in classroom activities and gradually cultivate and improve their autonomous learning ability. The scaffolding instruction model is a combination of the zone of proximal development and constructivism. It is also one of the most focused teaching models in college English reading teaching. This paper expounds the connotation and composition of scaffolding instruction mode and analyzes the existing problems in the current college English reading teaching process, explores the advantages of scaffolding instruction mode and puts forward the application path of scaffolding instruction mode in college English reading teaching. Teachers build scaffolding, create situations and guide students to learn English independently. In order to achieve college students’ English learning level and English application ability to improve.
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