ERIC Number: ED395462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Study Mode Negotiation.
Vasan, Mani Le; Sargunan, Rajeswary
This paper outlines a model of study mode negotiation between clients and English Language Training providers that has been developed at the University of Malaya, specifically related to English language writing skills as taught to corporate clients. Negotiation is used to reach decisions concerning the goals and methodology of learning to ensure cooperation and enhance satisfaction with the learning process. The methodology is based on an understanding that the business sector consists of highly-specialized discourse communities as defined by John Swales (1990). This paper demonstrates the relationship between the initial interview, discussion, and final decision on which the training contract depends and the significance of the relationship for the creation of a successful English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course. Study mode negotiation involves an interview with the learner and his/her employer and analysis of the two interviews, followed by decisions and recommendations that are subsequently renegotiated before the service commences. At first, this may appear to be a needs assessment of the student, but it is actually a needs assessment of the student as well as the needs of the end-user of the learner's services. The approach uses "authentic" texts. An "authentic" text is defined as a text that is current with an identifiable social purpose. The complete methodology consists of interview, diagnosis, prognosis, negotiation of study mode, preparation of course content, treatment, and evaluation. (Contains 15 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Swales (John M); University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Note: In: Crooks, Tony, Ed., ESP in Southeast Asia; see FL 023 776.