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An Exploratory Needs Analysis for English for Fire and Emergency Management

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2015, 16(3), pp.163-183
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Yun, Seongwon 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to explore English communicative needs for Korean fire and emergency officials of National Emergency Management Agency. In particular, this study focuses on their English communicative events, situations, and tasks in their work and study settings related to the officials who participated in a master’s course called FEMP (Fire and Emergency Management Program) taught by American professors. A total of 45 students participated in the study. The data sources included preliminary interviews with three former students and a survey questionnaire with open-ended questions. The responses were categorized, coded, and analyzed qualitatively and the frequencies were also calculated. The findings indicate that most frequent English needs include 1) occupational English needs for 119 call responses, rescue and paramedic services, and international administrative tasks; 2) academic English needs for the participants to complete academic tasks, using complex logical and critical thinking skills and expressive language abilities in integrated all four skill areas, in particular, focused on productive skills of speaking and writing as well as spoken English skills of listening and speaking, and 3) their demands for developing and implementing specific English training courses for fire and emergency operators.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.