ERIC Number: ED183013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
An English Language Curriculum for Technical Students. Practical Papers in English Education, Volume 2.
Hutchinson, Tom; And Others
This curriculum for technical students aims at linking the identity of the learner, his initial linguistic and technical competence, and his expectations with the competence expected of him on entering the technical college. The materials of the curriculum make use of a wide variety of information and data sources such as school-level science texts, consumer information, do-it-yourself manuals, government and public service publications, and commercial brochures. In each of the fourteen units, the students must actually solve technical problems using English, rather than answer questions about the use of English. As a unit progresses, the activities become more complex; students must re-apply and extend the knowledge and ability learned in previous sections. The course and materials are designed to develop the learner's capacity for communication in a technical context. Student evaluation is carried on by the students themselves through the activities undertaken. Summative teacher evaluations are written at the end of course. (PMJ)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Language Instruction, Media Selection, Modern Language Curriculum, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Second Language Learning, Technical Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). Inst. for English Language Education.