English curriculum innovation for computer science majors in the Japanese EFL context: From needs to tasks

Emiko Kaneko, Moonyoung Park, Ian Wilson, Younghyon Heo, Debopriyo Roy, Takako Yasuta, Allan Nicholas, John Blake

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Abstract

Task-based language teaching has been claimed to be an effective way to promote second language acquisition. This paper reports on the process of developing a task-based English-as-a-Foreign-Language curriculum in a Japanese computer science university. 38 tasks, which language education experts perceived as important, were re-evaluated by computer science experts via an online needs analysis survey with the goal of selecting target tasks for first-A nd second-year English courses. The results indicate that there are both similarities and discrepancies in the perception of task importance between English and computer science faculty members. A qualitative analysis of comments from computer science professors illuminates the logic behind their judgements about the needs of teaching particular tasks. The cooperation between language and content experts is indispensable in the development of the curriculum of English for science and technology; it allows for synthesis of a variety of viewpoints and development of a stronger English curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2018
PublisherIEEE
Pages84-89
Number of pages6
Volume2018-July
ISBN (Electronic)9781538658574
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2018 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 22 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm)
PublisherIEEE
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2018
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period22/07/1825/07/18

Keywords

  • EFL needs analysis
  • English as a medium of instruction
  • English curriculum innovation
  • Task-based language teaching

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    Kaneko, E., Park, M., Wilson, I., Heo, Y., Roy, D., Yasuta, T., Nicholas, A., & Blake, J. (2018). English curriculum innovation for computer science majors in the Japanese EFL context: From needs to tasks. In Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2018 (Vol. 2018-July, pp. 84-89). [8476835] (2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm)). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ProComm.2018.00028