ERIC Number: ED375652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Specialized Content Material.
Labbe, Raul; Varas, Amanda
A computer-based set of instructional materials, designed to teach English second-language reading skills to university-level engineering students, is described and its development is outlined. The programmed units are designed to be used individually on the computer. The stages of software development included: selection of sentence units from different registers in engineering, with attention to frequency and density of lexical items and syntax; item analysis; analysis of theoretical support in the research on syntax, semantics, written discourse, and psychology; and creation and validation of instructional units. A brief analysis is given of the unique nature of noun phrases in specialized text, which have significantly more pre- and post-modifiers clustering around nuclei than equivalent phrases in nonspecialized texts. Treatment of this complex phenomenon in the instructional design is discussed, using the approach of generative transformational grammar. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Curriculum Design, Engineering Education, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Sentence Structure, Transformational Generative Grammar
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 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).