An evaluation of the vocational English programme (written English) for foundation diploma students (business stream)

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An evaluation of the vocational English programme (written English) for foundation diploma students (business stream)

 

Author: Li, Wing-chi Angie
Title: An evaluation of the vocational English programme (written English) for foundation diploma students (business stream)
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2001
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
English language -- Study and teaching
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: vii, 150 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1608246
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3435
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of the writing section and its syllabus of the Vocational English Programme for the students taking the Foundation Diploma course (Business Steam) using a programme evaluation tool "CAM" devised by Lynch (1996). As the students taking the FD course are the relatively low-achieving students and their English proficiency is also rather weak, this study attempts to find out whether the writing programme helped them learn and pick up some useful skills in writing business correspondences. Since students are the main stakeholders of the programme, the researcher would also like to know from the research to see how they felt about the programme. For instance, did the programme meet the needs of the students? Do the students find the writing programme effective to help with their future development? Spending 3 months time observing students learning behaviour and studying their assignments, the researcher recognises that an evaluation is an enormous task to handle. In an attempt to launch a comprehensive research, several major research instruments were introduced to collect both qualitative and quantitative data from two main groups of stakeholders in the programme, students and teachers. Quantitative data were gathered from the questionnaires designed for students while qualitative data were collected from interviews of both students and teachers. Students' assessment result was also served as one of the measurements of evaluating the writing programme. It is found from the findings that the writing programme was able to help students to equip with intermediate level writing skills to cope with their future studies or employment. The programme was commented positively by both students and teachers who thought that it was easy to learn and deliver.

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