ERIC Number: ED171138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
An English Language Teaching Experiment in the Comprehension of Scientific Texts. Further Contrastive Papers, Jyvaskyla Contrastive Studies, 6. Reports from the Department of English, No. 7.
This article describes the principles for planning an experimental teaching-learning system of the comprehension of English social and behavioral scientific texts at the university level. Results from a related evaluation study are also presented. The study was undertaken because of the unsatisfactory development of foreign language teaching and learning among the students of the University of Jyvaskyla whose main subjects were other than foreign languages. The foreign language teaching of the faculty is analyzed as a hierarchy of goal setting, methods planning, and evaluation. Four subsystems were identified: the foreign language examination board, the faculty of the social sciences department, the teacher, and the student. Three approaches to goal setting were considered: a trait-referenced approach, text-referenced approach, and needs-referenced approach. Instrumental objectives in reading comprehension of a foreign language text and measuring comprehension are discussed. Results of the first trial of the reading comprehension course are examined. The evaluation of the course focused directly on the student's subsystem (learning results, appropriateness of the needed initial level in English, and coordination of the course with the rest of the study program). (SW)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Language Books, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Teachers, Reading Comprehension, Science Education, Second Language Learning, Social Sciences, Systems Approach, Textbooks
Department of English, University of Jyvaskyla, 40100 Jyvaskyla 10, Finland
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Dept. of English.