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Title: Learning English through workplace communication : an evaluation of existing resources in Hong Kong
Authors: Lam, PWY
Cheng, W 
Kong, KCC
Keywords: ESP
Materials design
Professional communication
Secondary schools
Workplace communication
Workplace discourse
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: English for specific purposes, 2014, v. 34, no. 1, p. 68-78 How to cite?
Journal: English for specific purposes 
Abstract: The workplace has become increasingly volatile, intercultural and multilingual in the Information Age, presenting greater than ever communication challenges to employees. Accordingly, education reforms which recognise the growing significance of workplace communication competence have been put in place. In Hong Kong, an application-oriented elective module known as "Learning English through workplace communication" has been introduced to the senior secondary English language curriculum. This article surveys and evaluates a number of teaching and learning resources specially designed by relevant government bodies and commercial publishers for this module. Specifically, the professional genres which are covered in such resources are studied in detail, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to investigate the extent to which they parallel the professional discourses in the actual workplace, based on a comparison with findings from relevant research. Some discrepancies are found regarding the most frequently occurring genres and their linguistic realisations in the professional context and the teaching materials. Implications from the study and suggestions for pedagogical improvements are made not only with special reference to the local context, but also to the broader educational domain where workplace communication has increasingly become a key component in the language learning syllabus.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32633
ISSN: 0889-4906
EISSN: 1873-1937
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2013.09.004
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