English for Specific Technical and Engineering Academic Purposes: An Analysis on ESL Practitioners' Challenges

Nor Yazi, Khamis and Azwin Arif, Abdul Rahim and Supyan, Hussin (2019) English for Specific Technical and Engineering Academic Purposes: An Analysis on ESL Practitioners' Challenges. International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education (IJERE), 8 (4). pp. 699-704. ISSN 2252-8822. (Published)

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The facilitation of the English for Specific Engineering Academic Purposes approach at Malaysian technical and engineering tertiary institutions is an effort to revitalise the pedagogical methods of ESL learning and communication skills at the institutions. A close examination of the ESL practitioners’ context has indicated a critical gap between the diversified requirements of skills and sound pedagogical models to determine the practitioners’ quality. In understanding the necessity of the approach, this study aims to explore and investigate the challenges faced by the practitioners in facilitating the approach. The study comprised data gathered from semi-structured interviews of 14 ESL experts and an online survey on 42 ESL practitioners in technical and engineering fields. Interview questions for the experts were developed to find out about the challenges and competencies to overcome the hurdles. A self-assessed instrument with a five-Likert scale of importance on the competencies was used to gauge the practitioners’ view on the approach. Frequencies and percentages, and Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six-stage method of thematic analysis were used to analyse the data. Findings from both inquiries revealed several challenges which led to the necessity of wider knowledge and understanding of the approach and the prevalence of specific competencies for the practitioners in overcoming the challenges. The practitioners’ competency was substantially indispensable because it could affect their learners’ interest in learning the skills as well as in understanding the content subject.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for specific academic purposes; Practitioners; Technical and engineering competency
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty/Division: Center for Modern Languages
Depositing User: Dr. Nor Yazi Khamis
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 08:29
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 15:21
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/33024
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