ERIC Number: ED207338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Learning and Performing: An Integrated Language Course at the Tertiary Level.
Cheng, Helen Ngai-lung
The Integrated Language Skills course offered by the University of Hong Kong is offered to students who have had exposure to English in the classroom but who need additional work to develop skills in using that language. The course aims at providing opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with university activities which are then taken as the contexts for the practice materials. The integrated approach is an eclectic approach, drawing on the notional-functional method that lends itself to English for special purposes, as well as on more traditional types of grammar/vocabulary drill. A two-block course structure recognizes the complexity of language acts, which manifest composite abilities, each of which may be thought of as a subskill. Block one in the structure deals with integrative abilities and requires students to take part in extended project activities requiring them to practice and perform in composite abilities. Block two is a subskills block which aims at improving proficiency in each of the subskills that were called upon in performing the task of block one. Block one immerses students in common academic situations; block two resembles traditional language classroom exercises. Each block makes use of a distinct set of instructional materials and aids. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English for Academic Purposes; University of Hong Kong
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (Nagoya, Japan, November 22-24, 1980).