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Title: Developing EAP curriculum at university setting : the case of Birzeit
Authors: Abdel-Fattah, Mahmoud
Keywords: English language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Foreign speakers - Palestine - Birzeit
English language - Study and teaching (Higher) - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (ijaes), Librairie du Liban Publishers & The Association of Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities (APETAU).
Abstract: A shift from teaching English for general purposes to teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has entailed changes in English teaching practices at Birzeit University. To succeed in the shift, an attempt was made to design EAP materials that could accommodate the special needs of the students. However, while designing new materials can be somewhat heartwarming both professionally and individually, it can also be an intricate process, posing a number of challenges. This study aims at exploring Birzeit University attempt to develop its English Communications Program focusing on the major steps and factors influencing this process and the implications toward evaluating its effectiveness.
Description: This article will shed light on the attempt of a tertiary institution (BZU) to redesign the syllabi of its English teaching program in an endeavor to improve students’ English language skill in order to cope with the linguistic requirements necessary for university success and, at the same time, to equip them with the oral and written literacy that will help them achieve real-world goals. In the following sections, the main milestones of this process are highlighted and reviewed hoping to share the main aspects and findings of this effort with readers and interested colleagues. The author of the article will report the process as happened focusing on the main stages that need discussion more than others, in particular the needs analysis.
An Article in : International Journal of Arabic-English Studies : Vol. 17, pp.127-146
An Article in : International Journal of Arabic-English Studies : Vol. 17, pp.127-146
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