Intercultural Exchanges and Soft Skills Development in the Info-Tech-Enabled EFL Classroom (Published)
The present research study assesses the impact of an ICT-enabled English language environment on students’ intercultural exchanges and soft skills development. The major objective is to see whether an English course content that makes use of blogs, podcasts, and Internet-aided presentations allows intercultural encounters and boosts personal and professional development. The qualitative comments from the end–of–course interview are examined with regard to students’ reflections on their learning experience. Research findings show that the use of ICT-enabled class content does not bring about any considerable changes in students’ cultural practices, but stirs and triggers personal and professional changes (changes in attitudes) and allows learners to develop empowering soft skills, including personal development skills, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills.
ESP, English for special purposes, is a new development of College English teaching in China,which is helpful for the future development of students’ language skills and future career. But because of the unsystematic ESP teaching pedagogy and insufficient theoretical supports, there are many problems which affect the teaching efficiency of ESP courses. In this paper, the author firstly gives the literature review of the research on the Linguistic Economics and introduces the teaching practice of the ESP courses in China. Finally, from the perspective of linguistic economics, the author analyses the problems which affect the teaching efficiency and proposes several pieces of suggestions with the purpose to facilitate the ESP teaching practice and improve the teaching. The paper tries to explore the new ways of improving the teaching efficiency of the ESP courses, but due to the limitations of the research ability, it is far too enough to elaborate the issues clearly, more issues need to be addressed in the coming research.
Students’ Perception on Teaching and Learning English for Mathematics: The Vietnamese Case Study (Published)
This study examines the importance of studying English for Mathematical Purposes (EMP) to students in the Department of Mathematics by arguing the result of a survey which uses a questionnaire to ask for the ideas and opinions of the students of Math Department. To summarize and propose the result, our statistical method is using SPSS to process primary information gathered from researching objects. It will help us with descriptive statistics and statistical analy00sis and making synthesis tables, statistical reports based on the information gathered from the questionnaire. This statistics is the reliable basis for our study.
Finding the Nexus between Students’ Profiles and Attitude towards ESP: The Case of Vietnamese Medical Students Purposes (Published)
The aim of this research is to determine the relationship between students’ profile and their attitude in learning English as a foreign language. The respondents were 82 second year undergraduate students studying medicine at Thaibinh University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam. The research instrument is a Likert questionnaire including two parts: Bio Data and Attitude towards ESP. The study was basically a quantitative research utilizing the descriptive-correlational method and SPSS software to describe and investigate the relationship between students’ select profile variables and their attitude towards English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The findings from this study illustrated that there is a significant relationship between Thaibinh medical students’ attitude towards ESP and their mothers’ education, number of years of studying English, grades in EGP (English for General Purposes) and ESP and native language. Findings also revealed that the profile variables not related to the students’ attitude towards ESP are fathers’ educational attainment and sex.
Developing Productive Transferable CommunicationSkills among ESP Learners Developing Productive Transferable Communication Skills among ESP Learners (Published)
The demand for English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is expanding with the continuing increase of international communication in various fields, especially in countries where English is taught as a foreign language. ESP students need to be trained well to develop transferable oral and written communication skills in English. A proposed unit is designed by the researcher to develop transferable communication skills of a group of ESP learners at King Marriott Higher Institute for Computer Science, Alex., Egypt. Participants of the study sat for a pre-post oral/written communication skills test. Independent samples t-test proved that treatment was effective. The researcher comes to the conclusion that the training on transferable communication skills is ideal since it permits ESP learners to fundamentally enhance their oral and written communication skills as well as apply the content knowledge in the field of their professional practices
This study aimed to identify the English language needs for secondary school students’ hotel stream in 2012/2013 in Jordan. More specifically, it attempted to address the following question:What are the English language needs of the hotel stream students in Jordan?The sample of the study consisted of 146 students, 27 teachers from schools of the Ministry of Education and 24 hotel employees in Jordan.To answer the question of the study, a questionnaire was developed by the researcher and addressed to the students, teachers and employees.The findings of the study revealed that there are some real special English language needs and interests for the students in hotel stream in Jordan, these needs and interests motivate and encourage students to learn and build their self –confidence toward the learning process. It is recommended that curriculum designers make use of the resulting identifying these needs and to conduct similar studies for other secondary streams in Jordan and in other countries in the world.