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Reviewing the English for academic purposes curriculum: a preliminary analysis from the students’ perspective

Md Zamin, Ainul Azmin and Mohd Asraf, Ratnawati (2017) Reviewing the English for academic purposes curriculum: a preliminary analysis from the students’ perspective. Advanced Science Letters, 23 (8). pp. 7944-7947. ISSN 1936-6612 E-ISSN 1936-7317

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Abstract

This paper describes the results of a study on students' perceptions towards an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at tertiary level as part of a needs analysis prior to the course evaluation. Specifically, the study aimed to explore the students' attitude towards the various aspects of the EAP curriculum in order to improve the syllabus. A total of 139 students were involved in responding to a survey containing questions on various aspects; from course outline to textbooks. It was found that students were generally positive towards the course but they expressed concern over the use of textbook that were not directly relevant to their area of study. The students also highlighted the need to learn how to read critically. The other aspect of concern was the seminar skills where they did not properly learn about note-taking or participating in seminars. These results have some implications to the curriculum and the teaching pedagogy.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3553/32318
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for Academic Purposes, course evaluation, tertiary education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Ainul Azmin Md Zamin
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 16:16
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2018 21:37
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/32318

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