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Conference Paper: Conceptualizing a new English for General Academic Purposes Course

TitleConceptualizing a new English for General Academic Purposes Course
Authors
Issue Date2010
Citation
The 2010 ELC Symposium on The Challenges of the 4-year Curriculum for English Language Centres in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2 June 2010. How to Cite?
AbstractThe Centre for Applied English Studies (formally The English Centre) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has taught compulsory credit-bearing ESP and EAP courses for over 18 years. The centre has always seen its mission to provide language support which is directly related to a student's chosen discipline. Students' learning is largely focused on improving the writing and speaking skills relevant to their specific discipline. In 2012, it is hypothesized that first-year students' language skills will be weaker because of the new 3+3+4 structure. As a result, in their first year of the new 4-year curriculum, HKU students will take an additional English course. This will be an English for General Academic Purposes course, where students from a range of disciplines will be in the one class. This poses a series of challenges for course developers. These include: • identifying cross-disciplinary language skills which can and should be taught as a stepping stone to an ESP course • helping students transition from secondary school to an English-medium university learning environment • supporting students through the Common Core curriculum. This paper will discuss these challenges and outline possible solutions.
DescriptionRound table discussion
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145843

 

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dc.contributor.authorLegg, MG-
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-27T04:02:59Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-27T04:02:59Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationThe 2010 ELC Symposium on The Challenges of the 4-year Curriculum for English Language Centres in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2 June 2010.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145843-
dc.descriptionRound table discussion-
dc.description.abstractThe Centre for Applied English Studies (formally The English Centre) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has taught compulsory credit-bearing ESP and EAP courses for over 18 years. The centre has always seen its mission to provide language support which is directly related to a student's chosen discipline. Students' learning is largely focused on improving the writing and speaking skills relevant to their specific discipline. In 2012, it is hypothesized that first-year students' language skills will be weaker because of the new 3+3+4 structure. As a result, in their first year of the new 4-year curriculum, HKU students will take an additional English course. This will be an English for General Academic Purposes course, where students from a range of disciplines will be in the one class. This poses a series of challenges for course developers. These include: • identifying cross-disciplinary language skills which can and should be taught as a stepping stone to an ESP course • helping students transition from secondary school to an English-medium university learning environment • supporting students through the Common Core curriculum. This paper will discuss these challenges and outline possible solutions.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofELC Symposium-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleConceptualizing a new English for General Academic Purposes Courseen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLegg, MG: mglegg@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros174297-
dc.description.otherThe 2010 ELC Symposium on The Challenges of the 4-year Curriculum for English Language Centres in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2 June 2010.-

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