CHALLENGES FACED BY THE AUTHORS OF TEXTBOOKS FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES AND COMPARISON OF THE TEXTBOOKS FOR STUDENTS OF ENGINEERING
Published: 19 Aug 2015
Abstract: At Slovenian universities teachers of foreign language for specific purposes often decide to develop their own materials due to the lack of suitable course books. Our study includes interviews with the authors of textbooks for students of engineering in order to determine challenges that authors faced when preparing and writing the textbooks, their reasons for writing, choice of themes, aims of learning, and language teachers’ knowledge in the engineering discipline which the textbooks are designed for. Then four textbooks from Slovenian teachers and one from our colleagues in Czech Republic are analysed; contents of materials and the proportion of field-related texts, general technical texts, reading and listening comprehension exercises, grammar and writing tasks are compared.
Keywords: foreign language for specific purposes, general technical themes, field-related themes, general technical texts, field-related texts, exercises
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