During this week we will be talking about ESP course design, activities
and, of course, this includes assessment. But before getting down
to business, let me briefly tell you how I became an ESP teacher.
Since I graduated in Modern Languages, I had been teaching EST
(English for Science and Technology) at different universities,
mainly through reading, and I also taught EFL from k-12. In the
meantime, I completed a MA in Educational Technology and a MA in
Applied Linguistics. Then, in 1997, a colleague and I were asked
to teach English for Architecture, a 4-skill program taught at my
university. To tell you the truth, I was scared to death, because
I did not know anything about architecture not even in my native
language. But I decided to take the challenge, and said YES!!
The good news came from the professors who had taught those courses
before: "You will never have the same students two classes
in a row", "They hardly ever come to class", "They
are late" always ending their remarks with "
they are very nice kids and very creative"
Well, as you see, not a very encouraging image for us, newbies
in the field. After a couple of years we can say that our English
for Architecture program has been very successful. How? Well, to
the whole story, I have posted in the files section a
previous version of a chapter published in a TESOL book on Content-Based
Instruction, where we describe the process we followed to make
changes to the program we found, and the whole description of the
activities and the assessment plan.
Gonzalez, D., & St. Louis, R. (2002). Content-based English
for Specific Purposes course design: The case of English for Architecture.
In J. Crandell & D. Kauffman (Eds.), Content-based
instruction in higher education (pp. 93-106). Alexandría,
VA: TESOL Publications.
The tiny url to the document is: http://tinyurl.com/5mvsv
But the program did not stop there, in 2002, I decided to incorporate
online components to our program; and nowadays, all our English
for Architecture courses are blended. After reading the
chapter mentioned above, I invite you to take a closse look at one
of these blended courses: http://220.127.116.11/dyg/id3126-04/
My idea is that you read the chapter, check out the site, and come
up with comments and questions which I will be happy to answer.
Anxiously looking forward to your comments,