Issue 15: Learning more about English for Specific Purposes (ESP) curriculum and pedagogy at Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)

By Professor TANG, Eunice

On 18 October 2013, twenty ELED final year students paid a visit to the IVE Shatin campus of Vocational Training Council (VTC) to learn about the curriculum and pedagogy of teaching and learning English for Specific Purposes (ESP). VTC provides the most ESP courses in Hong Kong with the largest number of students taking them each year. Currently, VTC has 14 Language Centres in 17 campuses offering ESP modules for the full-time and part-time students from different disciplines, viz., Applied Science, Business Administration, Child Education and Community Services, Design, Engineering, Hospitality and Information Technology.

The campus visit started with a class observation of an English lesson offered to the Engineering students. The lesson was interactive, the teacher was very lively and the students were very attentive. The teaching materials and tasks were all related to their discipline of study.

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Group photo with the Engineering students and the teacher of the class, Ms. Theresa LAI, and the Principal Lecturer, Ms Martina CHAN.

After the lesson observation, the ELED students went to the Centre for Independent Language Learning (CILL) to attend a talk given by Ms. Martina CHAN, the Principal Lecturer, on the curriculum design and pedagogy of ESP at IVE.  They were inspired by the enormous effort the centre put to improve the language proficiency and ability of the students to meet the language needs in the workplace. The Head of Language Centre at IVE Shatin campus, Ms. QIU Xiao Yan introduced the role of Centre for Independent Language Learning to the ELED students and encouraged them to join the ESP teaching force and be passionate about the teaching profession.

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Group photo with Centre Head, Ms. QIU Xiao Yan, and Language Learning Support Co-ordinator, Mr. Kenny TSE at CILL

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