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Teaching Materials Development and Evaluation for English for Cultural Creative Design

Eric Cheng-Yi Lin (林澄億)
National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan


This talk aims to share the research findings and reflections while developing teaching materials for the course, English for Cultural Creative Design. In order to create materials to meet the learning needs of students who major in cultural creative design, the researcher followed Tomlinson’s (2011) principles of effective materials development; established ESP learning materials; and designed lesson plans using information derived from TED Talks. Research data were gathered from video recordings and transcripts of individual oral presentations, interviews, researcher’s observation logs, teaching reflection journals, and a questionnaire about the ESP materials evaluation. The performance of pre- and post-oral presentations in English and the transcripts of those presentations were assessed and compared by the domain experts to examine the effectiveness of TED talks as ESP learning materials. The researcher also kept classroom observation logs and teaching reflection journals to record the reactions and learning results from students. At the end of the semester, students were given a questionnaire and asked for their feedback about using TED Talks as learning materials. The researcher hopes that the ESP learning materials based on the research findings will meet the English learning needs of students working as cultural creative designers; the researcher strives to help improve the English communicative skills for the international workplace these students will inhabit in the future.

International Joint Conference of APLX, ETRA40, and TESPA 2023