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Technical College Students’ Perceptions of English for Specific Purposes Vocabulary Learning and Teaching

Lin-Fang Wu
Lecturer, Language Education Center Fooyin University, Taiwan
Abstract :
The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning difficulties and the preferred 
teaching method among Taiwanese junior college students while they were taking English for 
Specific Purpose (ESP) vocabulary courses. Subjects comprised 232 students at the Junior 
College Division of Fooyin University in southern Taiwan. The ESP vocabulary learning 
questionnaire designed by the researcher was administered to the selected nursing department 
students who had enrolled in the medical terminology course as a requirement. In addition, 
the participants’ learning difficulties, learning sources, and attitudes toward ESP vocabulary 
were under observation for the entire semester. The results of the survey indicated that 
vocabulary abstractness was the most difficult for most participants, followed by 
pronunciation, word length, and orthography. Effective ESP vocabulary teaching should be 
combined with authentic teaching materials to increase learners’ learning motivation. The 
enhancement of pronunciation accuracy for English as a foreign language (EFL)/ESP 
instructors cannot be ignored. Moreover, word morphology for ESP vocabulary learning 
should be the priority, particularly for EFL/ESP vocabulary learners. 
Keywords :
: English for specific purposes (ESP), vocabulary, collaboration

Date Deposited : 28 Apr 2014 10:42

Last Modified : 28 Apr 2014 10:42

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Volume 2, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2325-0887

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