The development of a proto-type syllabus and exemplar materials for a course in general English for year 2 secondary students at a government school in Thailand

Black, Penelope (2010) The development of a proto-type syllabus and exemplar materials for a course in general English for year 2 secondary students at a government school in Thailand. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to design an appropriate proto-type syllabus, with exemplar materials for the second unit. The syllabus is for use with year 2 secondary students studying for a course in general English, with a focus on speaking and listening skills, at the target school in Phetchaburi, Thailand. The methodological approach utilises a number of the principles of action research, and needs analysis that both reflect and support the syllabus design process. From identification of a problem, planning an appropriate solution involves needs analysis of the global, national, and local contexts to identify the objective needs of the students. These objectives needs provide the basis on which the syllabus aims are devised, the choice of syllabus ‘types’, specification of objectives (which also form the criteria for course assessment), and consideration for an appropriate teaching methodology. The implications of these factors lead to a ‘principled’ approach in the development of suitable materials. Collaborative feedback from former colleagues with experience of the school, students, and specific course provided critical evaluation of the developed syllabus artefact and materials. This feedback confirmed that the syllabus and materials are relevant to the specified target context, course, and student group. Concerns were raised regarding the amount of content, the current lack of assessment, and provision of further listening texts. A possible clash was identified with the use of western methods in relation to Thai cultural values.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/888

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