Shaping the esp curriculum of an english for PhD students program: a colombian case study of questionnaire research

Diseño de un currículo de ingles para propósitos específicos dirigido a un programa de inglés para doctorados: estudio de caso utilizando encuestas

Keywords: questionnaire research, curriculum development, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), needs analysis, Ph D students, statistical analysis. (en_US)
Keywords: investigación con encuestas, desarrollo curricular, inglés para propósitos académicos, análisis de necesidades, estudiantes de doctorado, análisis estadísticos (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This report presents the findings from an EAP curriculum development project directed towards PhD students at Colombian university. An analysis of this stakeholder group’s learning needs was conducted through questionnaire research, focusing on (a) describing students’ situated contexts and interests and (b) obtaining data contributing towards future program development. Measures of central tendency, dispersion, and internal consistency for each section of the questionnaire are reported. Key results include these students’ strong interest in EAP programming, their language needs and experience regarding their intellectual production, and their perceived importance of different language sub-skills in both the local and international contexts. The results highlight the importance of continued evaluation cycles and the important role EAP coursework has for PhD students today.

Abstract (es_ES)

Este informe presenta los resultados de un proyecto curricular encaminado a la creación de un programa de EAP para los estudiantes doctorandos de una universidad colombiana. Un nuevo análisis de necesidades de aprendizaje de estos estudiantes se llevó a cabo, que se centró en (a) el contexto situacional e intereses lingüísticos de estos estudiantes y (b) los datos que contribuyeran al desarrollo futuro del programa. Se llevaron a cabo los indicadores de tendencia central, medidas de dispersión y la consistencia interna para cada sección del cuestionario. Los resultados le brindaron al programa universitaria información acerca del interés de los estudiantes en el EAP, sus necesidades lingüísticas y su experiencia con respecto a la divulgación de la producción intelectual, su experiencia y tiempo dedicado como usuarios de lengua, y la importancia percibida de las sub-destrezas lingüísticas en los contextos locales e internacionales. Los resultados del estudio resaltaron la importancia de ciclos continuos de realimentación y la importancia de las habilidades de EAP para los estudiantes de doctorado hoy en día.


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Author Biographies

Gerriet Janssen, Univeristy of Hawai’i Mãnoa
Is currently working on his PhD in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i in Manoa. Working in thegeneral area of curriculum development and evaluation, he has conducted preliminary dissertation research on building evaluation systemsas an part of language program development. Complementary areas of interest include sociolinguistics themes such as linguistic landscapes,language varieties, and endangered languages, and pedagogical themes such as the development of academic writing and presentation skills.
Ricardo Nausa, Universidad de los Andes

Holds a B.A. in Philology and Languages (Universidad Nacional), and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics to TEFL (UniversidadDistrital). He is currently a teaching English for Acedemic Purposes at Universidad de los Andes where he is also the coordinator of theEnglish for Doctoral Students Program (IPD: Programa de Inglés para Doctorados) . His interests include the teaching of academic writingand oral presentation skills, conversation analysis, CALL, and learning strategies.

Carlos Rico, Universidad de los Andes

Finished his MA thesis on vocabulary learning and complexity theory (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), and then returned tohis native city of Bogotá to teach English for Language Majors and English for PhD Students (Inglés para Doctorados) at Universidad delos Andes for three years, collaborating with research being done there on curriculum development for advanced English language learners.Currently, Carlos is teaching Spanish in Germany while preparing to enter a PhD program in the field of Applied Linguistics.


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How to Cite
Janssen, G., Nausa, R., & Rico, C. (2012). Shaping the esp curriculum of an english for PhD students program: a colombian case study of questionnaire research. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 14(2), 51 - 69.
Published: 2012-07-01
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