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ERIC Number: ED419404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Are Freshman English Programs for Non-English Majors at Universities in Taiwan Meeting the Expectation of Students and Teachers?
Huang, Su-yueh
In response to Taiwan's policy changes concerning university freshman English courses for non-majors, which allowed students to use the courses to fulfill a language requirement, a study investigated course characteristics (credit hours, laboratory requirements, midterm and final examinations, and teacher qualifications) and whether these course aspects meet student, teacher, and administrator expectations. Eighteen English Programs For Non-English Majors coordinators from 17 universities in Taiwan were interviewed about their programs, and three groups of subjects (178 teachers, 1,086 freshmen, and 382 graduates) were asked to respond to needs assessment questionnaires. Results indicate a good match between what was implemented in the programs and what was desired by the parties involved concerning the lab course hours and exams used in the courses. However, a mismatch was found between expectation and reality in the course credit hours and teachers' academic background. Implications for program development are discussed. (Contains 9 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan