Implementing a Listening and Speaking Curriculum in a Linguistically Homogenous English for Academic Purposes Program

Zuraw, Clare J. (2015) Implementing a Listening and Speaking Curriculum in a Linguistically Homogenous English for Academic Purposes Program. Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 2 (1). ISSN 2303-5528

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Abstract

Linguistic homogeneity in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs can be a challenge to curriculum design and implementation. In university EAP programs where the majority of students share an L1 with classmates, instructors sometimes struggle to balance the use of the L1 and L2 in class. Despite the potential for immersion, students in these settings may also socialize primarily in their L1 rather than English, the target language. These factors demand special consideration in courses focused on oral production and comprehension where sustained interaction and negotiation of meaning is crucial. Ninety percent of the students in the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at Michigan Technological University come from China and share an L1. In this context, the classroom provides important opportunities for interaction and negotiation of meaning in the target language. The program recently redesigned, piloted, and evaluated a new curriculum. Using examples from the curriculum and the classroom to present this case, I argue that linguistically homogeneous classrooms focusing on oral and aural communication require different curricula than more diverse EAP settings. Examples from the development and delivery of the new listening and speaking curriculum are potentially applicable in both ESL and EFL settings. Keywords: Curriculum development, EAP, EFL, oral communication, higher education

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Divisions: J-FLTAL
Depositing User: Alma Milisic
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2014 10:45
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:39
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/2785

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