TITLE

METHODS OF EVALUATING LEARNERS STUDYING ENGLISH FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES

AUTHOR(S)
Simona Veronica, Abrudan Caciora; Amalia, Sturza
PUB. DATE
July 2014
SOURCE
Annals of the University of Oradea, Economic Science Series;2014, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present paper intends to present the perceptions of 90 students, studyingat the University of Oradea, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologyand Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, about two evaluation methods used atthe English course, namely the classical, end-of-semester testing method and the socalled"progressive evaluation", which is carried out during the course and results fromweekly in-class grading. At the end of the two years of studying English as part of theircurricula, students were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire of 11 items, inwhich they reported either their contentment or discontentment with the two evaluationmethods used, and expressed opinions about the efficiency and usefulness of the Englishcourse they have attended. A copy of the questionnaire is included as an appendix to thispaper. This paper begins with a brief discussion and definition of English for SpecificPurposes (ESP), after which it focuses on the description of the evaluation methodsapplied, on students' response to these methods and some personal consideration of theadvantages and disadvantages of the two evaluation methods. ESP is a very broaddomain, referring mainly to teaching English to students or people who need it for specificpurposes, i.e. at work, or in their future career. In these faculties ESP is the maininstrument for teaching a foreign language. In contrast to general English, ESP starts fromthe assessment of those functions and purposes for which English is required, as well asof the skills the learner might need most. In order to give students the possibility tocompare two evaluation methods, they were evaluated at the end of their first semester,by using a method that is often used at the University of Oradea, namely that of testinglearners' achievement at the end of the semester. Starting with the second semester, wehave presented students with the other evaluation method, which we called "permanentevaluation", based on weekly in-class grading.
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97635554

 

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