This study set out to probe students’ thoughts regarding what engaged them to learn, what did not, and what they envisage an engaging future higher education to be in relation to the status quo. A journal writing activity based on two open questions was designed. Written responses were obtained from 17 bachelor students enrolled onto several technology study programmes. The qualitative data were catalogued and analysed from perspectives of technology, organisation, and pedagogy. The results showed that students’ thoughts focus on the importance of active learning, with insights drawn from technology-related learning tools, organisational concerns such as physical environments and counselling support, pedagogical issues including motivation, lecture, and feedback. Possible interventional measures for effective engagement were discussed.
An ESP Course Design for Postgraduate Students of Engineering at Badji Mokhtar Annaba University (Published)
This paper aims at designing a technical English course for postgraduate students of Engineering at Badji Mokhtar Annaba University. The course design is based on thorough needs analysis taking into consideration needs analysis concepts forwarded by Hutchinson and Waters (1987) and Dudley-Evans and St.Johns (1998). Through a pilot study, the postgraduate students of engineering at Badji Makhtar Annaba university declared that they need to have courses in technical English in order to read and understand the newly updated researches in English, to take part in classroom discussions and to be able to write their own final doctoral project article without referring to experts for the translation from French into English. Thus English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course design is expected to be beneficial to the aforementioned group of learners. The needs analysis in this action research was conducted through the use of different tools. The results revealed that all postgraduate students of Engineering need to learn an ESP course for the development of the predominant skills of reading and writing first, followed by speaking and listening and translation as a fifth skill.
A STUDY ON COMMON WRITING ERRORS OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS: A BASIS FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (Published)
This paper aims to investigate the self-reported writing problems of Filipino learners of English Language. A total of sixteen (16) Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students of Technological University participated in this study. An instrument consisting of two parts was used: Part I asked for background information. Part II asked the students to write on a given topic. Second instrument is a checklist. The checklist used was adapted from Kamimura (2000) as cited in Mojica (2010). Writing difficulties were coded into three before writing, while writing and post writing. The results of the students’ report shows that students are likely to think critically as they advance to the next writing stage. On the other hand, post-writing stage obtained a highest mean, showing that students have more attention to the content, audience, grammar, vocabulary, and the final output.