Available Online: 28 July 2023
Calinao, Dan Jason
Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The course syllabus and teaching materials used in the exhibition and meeting planning and practice elective course offered to third year undergraduate students in a university in northern Taiwan was redesigned to not only introduce fundamentals of the MICE industry and business-related fields as an application of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI), but also to allow students to investigate and give English presentations about actual exhibitions held in Taiwan as well as write exhibition proposals. This prompted interest on how students evaluate the course concerning the improvement of their English skills, as most of them had limited knowledge and learning experience on the aforementioned topics. Employing qualitative methodology to collect and analyze data, findings show that students regard the course as quite challenging yet useful. While most students had difficulty remembering terminologies and definitions, learning the fundamentals of related topics as well as written exercises, discussions, oral presentations, and proposals provided a means for students to effectively practice their English skills. Improvement of students’ English skills may be further achieved by improving the course through supplementary teaching visual materials and students to be given more exposure to actual exhibition and meeting events. However, these courses should not be too theory-focused, but rather be pragmatic so as to be tailored towards future career choices and goals.
Keywords: syllabus design, MICE industry, EMI, trade exhibition, Taiwan, English teaching and learning
Cite this article:
Calinao, D. J. (2023). Student assessment of English as a medium of instruction: A preliminary study conducted on the exhibition and meeting planning and practice undergraduate elective course. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 12(7), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2023.23