ERIC Number: ED366205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Case for Quality Assurance in ESP [English For Specific Purposes] Programmes.
Tan San Yee, Christine
There is now a need, just like in industry, for quality assurance in education, for injecting systematically planned and formal processes, precise definitions, objectivity, and measurability in education. The demand for educational excellence in industry is "out there," and companies in more advanced countries are partnering educational institutes in meeting their own needs. The generic standards and guidelines of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have identified and described 20 elements of a quality assurance system. When companies comply with these standards through implementing quality procedures, they can be audited to see if they meet ISO quality standards, and obtain ISO 9000 certification. In advancing a case for quality assurance in English for specific purposes (ESP) programs, this paper discusses basic ESP concepts and describes the systems approach to ESP design and implementation, showing how the ISO 9000 elements of quality have application in ESP. The paper focuses on design specifications to indicate the existence of parallels, then suggests logical extensions of ESP design specifications that allow for closer parallelism. In ESP, design and implementation are concept and practices that fit with ISO 9000 quality assurance requirements, from the central idea of tailor-made courses and specification of objectives in performance terms, to needs analysis of target learning situations, to formative and summative program evaluations and feedback on teaching effectiveness to continuous re-design of curriculum and improvement of training. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: International Organization for Standardization
Note: Paper presented at the SEAMEO Regional Language Center Regional Seminar (Singapore, April 19-21, 1993).