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Laying Down the Law? [microform] : Reflecting on Course Design in Progress / Desmond Allison and Others
Bib ID 5577259
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Allison, Desmond
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
13 p. 

The process of organizing content for a course in academic English as a Second Language is discussed, specifically as it applied to construction of a course for first-year law students at the University of Hong Kong. Discussion focuses on issues that emerged while trying to reconcile the university English center's curriculum policy with student needs for specific skills and content and with the different techniques and styles of the four language teachers involved. A needs assessment was conducted by interviewing law students and teachers, observing classes, and surveying one large class. Three major concerns emerged: student difficulty with the quantity and nature of legal reading required; desire for more oral skill development; and preference for emphasis on legal rather than general English. The course designers decided to limit content largely to tort law, one of five areas of emphasis in the first-year program, with flexibility to respond to specific learner needs as they emerge. It was found that in the process of designing the course and determining its content, considerable negotiation was required to accommodate faculty and student needs within the constraints of course length and intensity, and that a clear idea of goals and objectives was essential. (MSE)


ERIC Note: For complete volume, see FL 022 657.

Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, n17 p1-12 Sep 1994.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Course Content.  |  Course Organization.  |  Curriculum Design.  |  English for Academic Purposes.  |  English for Special Purposes.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Higher Education.  |  Law Students.  |  Legal Education (Professions)  |  Second Language Instruction.  |  Sequential Learning.  |  University of Hong Kong
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.  |  Opinion Papers.  |  Journal Articles.
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