ERIC Number: ED347824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Steps in EFL Graduate Program Design by the Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University.
A survey was conducted at the Chulalongkorn University Language Institute in Thailand to identify societal needs for using English. The following issues were investigated: (1) the extent to which English was being used and was needed by Thai government personnel; (2) the extent and purpose of using listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translation skills; (3) the adequacy of English skills obtained from educational institutions; (4) and the actual skill levels attained and the desired levels to be attained. A total of 486 subjects were surveyed in government agencies, state enterprises, and business firms in Bangkok. Results of the study indicated that government agencies and state enterprises used English moderately and that the businesses used it more frequently. The required skills were ranked in the following order of importance: reading (most important), writing, listening, speaking, and translation. The language use profiles in Thai society are concluded to be appropriate as guidelines for the design of English syllabi. Two subsequent surveys studied the management of graduate English programs in seven other higher education institutions, and the needs of graduate English programs in Chulalongkorn University. Nineteen tables supplement the narrative. Contains 10 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In: Read, J. S., Ed. Case Studies in Syllabus and Course Design (SEAMEO Regional Language Centre Occasional Papers No. 31), p29-44, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre: Singapore (revised 1992).