ERIC Number: ED366206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Problems of Translating Communicative Needs Into Course Design and Implementation.
As Thailand's exports to other Asian countries and to the West increase, the status of English as the language for trade and communication has gained more importance. Initial investigation of postgraduate (science and engineering) students' needs at Chulalongkorn University indicates that the skills the students want to improve most are listening, speaking, and writing. These emerging needs are difficult to fulfill due to the fact that the medium of instruction for all subjects (excluding 3 hours of English a week) at all levels is in Thai. In teaching an English course for science graduates at Chulalongkorn, a teacher attempted to close the gap between students' communicative needs and their linguistic competence. This paper addresses three factors that must be considered in the process of translating students' needs into course design and implementation: linguistic aspects, pedagogical decisions, and administrative concerns. (Contains 5 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok (Thailand).