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ERIC Number: EJ1002640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1570-2081
General or Vocational English Courses for Taiwanese Students in Vocational High Schools? Students' Perceptions of Their English Courses and Their Relevance to Their Future Career
Hua, Tzu-Ling; Beverton, Sue
Educational Research for Policy and Practice, v12 n2 p101-120 Jun 2013
Taiwanese vocational high schools (VHSs) deliver general English courses. This paper explores the extent to which these courses are perceived to be appropriately vocationally orientated. This focus gives rise to two main research questions: what are VHS students' expectations from their English courses, and to what extent are they being met? The research identifies a mismatch between VHS students' perceived needs from their English course and the actual course of study they receive, which is set by the Ministry of Education. VHS students have clear expectations that their English course will provide them with vocationally relevant knowledge and skills, but the English course they receive does not necessarily equip them for their future employment. Implications for government and educational institutions are explored, including recommendations that English curricula should be reviewed, and that steps need to be taken to ensure that policy goals are in fact delivered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan