ERIC Number: ED371637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Redesigning an EAP Curriculum: Problems, Needs, Solutions and Teacher Development.
A Hong Kong college instructor in English for academic purposes (EAP) describes the process of revising an instructional module designed for students involved in the building trades. The three-step curriculum development process included (1) personal reflection and solicitation of student perceptions; (2) need analysis and development of a new module and detailed teaching plan; (3) reflection on and discussion of initial implementation of the revised module. The project arose from the discovery that a module designed for one program was being used in three new programs, all in related but different subspecialties: building services engineering; architecture; and surveying. The revised module features increased emphasis on student listening skills in English and on development of student confidence in speaking. It is concluded that while students perceive the new module as effective in meeting their language needs, it is still unclear as to whether it is meeting its objectives. A reflection on the professional development that occurred during the investigation concludes the paper. A glossary, syllabus, and student evaluation of teaching questionnaire are appended. Contains 24 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Building Trades, Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Language Skills, Learning Modules, Listening Skills, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Speech Skills, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (27th, Atlanta, GA, April 13-17, 1993).