ERIC Number: ED370438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Languages: Foreign Languages for Vocational Purposes in Further and Higher Education.
Hall, John; Bankowska, Anne
A study of second language instruction for vocational purposes in Scotland is reported. It used case studies to investigate: (1) teaching approaches currently used; (2) assessment of foreign language skills for vocational purposes; (3) evidence of the effectiveness of different teaching approaches; and (4) approaches considered most effective by instructors and students. Nine cases were selected to reflect a range of vocational areas, a range of skills and certification levels, and a range of experience in modern language instruction. They include two courses specifically designed for individuals needing foreign language skills for their jobs, five that were language options in vocationally-oriented programs, and two courses designed for linguists wishing to develop language skills further in a vocationally-oriented context. The report contains six chapters: (1) a description of the study's design and summary of the case studies; (2) descriptive data on the students and staff, as well as administrative arrangements of the courses; (3) a summary of data gathered from 142 students responses to a questionnaire and 27 staff interviews; (4) student skill assessment methods used in customized, non-specialist, and degree/graduate courses; (5) observations on the relationship between foreign language teaching and vocational subject teaching (including curriculum development and articulation); and (6) conclusions drawn from the study. The student questionnaire is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Organization, Curriculum Design, Educational Assessment, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Skills, Languages for Special Purposes, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Note: For a summary of this report see, FL 022 131.