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ERIC Number: EJ921020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Designing and Evaluating an EAP Reading Textbook: English for Political Science and Economics
Sauzier-Uchida, Emi
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v13 n1 p1-21 2009
This study aims to report an attempt to design and organise a content-based EAP reading course in political science and economics at a university in Japan, and to shed some light on learners' actual practices and preferences through the use of survey- and interview-based research participated in by 438 students. A principal axis of this project was the collaborative production of a textbook by language and subject teachers. A posthoc course evaluation from students and teachers highlighted a number of important pedagogical implications. First, learners, particularly higher-proficiency learners who read conceptually challenging articles, found easier units significantly more interesting and more difficult units significantly less interesting. Further analysis suggested that a good balance between the level of discipline specificity and that of language has to be maintained in order to arouse their interest. Another interesting outcome was that both higher- and lower-proficiency learners found word lists with L2 definitions significantly more useful than those with L1 definitions, which contradicts earlier findings with Japanese students. This seems to suggest that the use of the target language as a medium of instruction facilitated learners' thinking processes vis-a-vis L2, and that this affected their preferences. Moreover, higher-proficiency learners found group work, class discussion and listening to the teacher significantly more useful than did lower-proficiency learners, whereas the latter found translating significantly more useful than the former. This implies that the transition from a teacher-centred translation approach to a learner-centred communicative approach should be introduced gradually to lower-proficiency learners. (Contains 22 tables and 3 footnotes.)
Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics. Department of English, Namseoul University, 21 Maeju-ri, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan-city, Choongnam, Korea 330-707. Tel: +82-2-3290-1995; e-mail: paalkorea@yahoo.co.kr; Web site: http://www.paal.kr/journal/journal.asp
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan