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Title: Factors in the design of an English language syllabus for engineering students at the Malawi Polytechnic.
Author: Gondwe, L.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3503 6263
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 1988
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This thesis sets out to identify and examine two research questions: (a) is it desirable and (b) is it practicable to have an English language syllabus based on the language and communication needs o~ engineering students? These questions are examined in relation to students' negative attitudes to language and the decline in motivation. The methods used to gather data are through the questionnaire, interviews and observation. Thus, Chapter 1 gives the background history o~ the University o~ Malawi and its role in national development. It discusses the role and status o~ English in Malawi and the University as well as outlining language teaching objectives in a technical college. Chapter 2 is a comprehensive review o~ the psycholinguistic literature on Ll and L2 acquisition and learning pointing out areas o~ controversy. It looks at the major learning theories o~ behaviourism, cognitivism and humanistic thought and discusses the part played by motivation and attitudes in L2 learning as well as the role of formal instruction in SLA. Chapter 3 is also a comprehensive review o~ current attitudes to L2 learner errors, communication and learning strategies and examines the implications o~ these on teaching. Chapter 4 discusses matters o~ syllabus design, sociolinguistic aspects o~ language learning, the communicative approach to language teaching and learning and the role o~ the teacher. Chapter 5 examines further some relevant ~actors in language programme development, describes the research plan and data collection methods. Chapter 6 presents an analysis, interpretation and evaluation o~ the data collected. The summary and conclusion in Chapter 7 highlights the major issues raised in the thesis, the major findings of the research and goes an to make suggestions for a language syllabus content and methodology.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Linguistics