Needs assessment in occupation-specific VESL or how to decide what to teach
Series or Serial: The ESP journal; v. 3 (p. 143-152)
Publisher: The Pergamon Press
Published At: Exeter, UK
Date Published: 1984
Material Type: Article
Intended Audience: Mentor/Teacher/Trainer
Physical Media: Print
Subjects: Vocational English (Second Language); Needs Assessment; Curriculum Development
A VESL instructor is usually also a curriculum developer, challenged to determine the language needed for success in a particular vocation and then to apply ESL teaching techniques to meet those needs. This article discusses how best to use various sources of information, including reference books on job descriptions, vocational education materials, job site observations, and vocational instructors. Data is then organized into content areas (such as equipment, safety, measurement, processes, and quality control) and language requirements (such as vocabulary, situations, functions, structures, and register). Syllabus design comes from a logical analysis of the job.
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