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A Study on Military Cadets’ Curricular Satisfaction, Their Needs for ESP, and the Future Use of English

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2016, 17(1), pp.89-115
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching
  • Published : February 28, 2016

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ABSTRACT

This study examines military cadets’ satisfaction levels on the existing English programs, their views on the needs for general English programs, English for specific (ESP), and occupational (EOP) purposes, and expected use of English skills for specific tasks after the commission. A needs analysis survey was conducted with 903 cadets and the focus group interviews with 43 cadets. The results of ANOVA analyses showed that the junior cadets were more satisfied with the existing English programs and agreed more to the necessity for ESP or EOP programs. The cadets in the language majors showed more satisfaction with the current English curriculum at a statistically significant level. The high group in self-rated English abilities said that both written and spoken English skills would be necessary after the commission. The focus group interviews revealed that the cadets were not satisfied with leveling and rigid teaching practices in classes. Accordingly, change efforts are needed, especially, for appropriate leveling, faculty development and extracurricular English programs. In addition, offering ESP or EOP courses should be considered for cadets who need more content-specific studies in their majors.

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