Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Applied Linguistics (CONAPLIN 9)

Developing Instructional Materials For Engineering Students: Focus On The Students' Communication Skills Needs

Authors
Dini Hadiani, Nia Nuryanti Permata
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Available Online November 2016.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/conaplin-16.2017.57How to use a DOI?
Keywords
ESP; needs analysis; language needs; instructional materials
Abstract

Language and communication skills are recognized as important elements in the education of the modern engineer, including English for Specific Purposes (ESP). Consequently, there is a need for a valid and reliable form of teaching for engineering students. However, there has been an issue that many engineering students experience problems in communicating in English. This study seeks to identify the students' language needs especially to find out the specific instructional materials appropriate to them. The purpose of this study is to explore the communication skills needs of 40 engineering students, and to develop English for Specific Purpose materials based on their needs. Utilizing a qualitative method of inquiry, data were obtained through questionnaires and semi structured interviews. The findings revealed the real communication skills needs of students, lecturers' view points on the expectation of ESP instructions, and the view point from the employers in engineering area. It was concluded that English language skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing were important for engineering students and need to be emphasized in the ESP course to satisfy their specific needs.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Applied Linguistics (CONAPLIN 9)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
November 2016
ISBN
978-94-6252-322-7
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/conaplin-16.2017.57How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2017, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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