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Expectations from Postgraduates of Non-English Major on English Improvement——A Survey to Assist in Course Design

Zhejiang University of Technology Jing Shengfang

  The number of postgraduates now studying at colleges and universities increased yearly in China in recent years.English,as the most often used language,is a basic course for postgraduates in most universities.It is a target for the universities to cultivate qualified students who can communicate with experts internationally effectively.A successfully designed English course depends primarily on the learnersneeds analysis. A self-assessment survey was carried out on postgraduateslanguage abilities.The questions cover the normal five skills.258 first grade postgraduates from different faculties of the university took the survey.Some expectations from the students are generalized:①students expect to have more training on speaking and writing as well as listening.②Students expect their English course can be helpful to their academic researches.The conclusions are strictly supported by the detailed statistical result. Based on the data,some proposals on the course designing are put forward:①Output needs to be emphasized.②English for the purpose of improving academic communication should not be ignored.③Autonomous learning can be encouraged.……   
[关键词]:Course designing;survey;needs;academic communication
[文献类型]:会议论文
[文献出处]: 《语言与文化研究(第一辑)2007年
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