Developing ESP Multimedia Courseware for Taiwan East Rift Valley National Scenic Area


The Taiwan government has carried out various policies to promote the tourism industry. To meet the needs of the industry, several related programs, departments and colleges in higher technical education have been established in Taiwan to cultivate high quality manpower by increasing English communication skills and related professional knowledge. With the rapid development of information technology, it is important to implement digital materials or courseware for students in higher technical education to help them prepare for their future possible jobs in the field of the industry. Thus, the aim of this study is to develop a bilingual (English and Chinese) multimedia courseware for East Rift Valley National Scenic Area, one of the most popular tourist sites in Taiwan. The courseware is developed mainly based on Mayer’s multimedia learning cognitive theory and includes three sections: introductory English texts about the rift valley, scenic spots and festival activities, combined with corresponding English audio, Chinese translation support and integrative language skills of English learning (listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation). An evaluation system with instant feedback function is developed as well. The online evaluation system includes five language tests of various degrees of difficulty such as cloze, sentence restructuring, dictation, and bilingual translation. Through the courseware, it will help learners to expand their language skills and obtain relevant content knowledge for a better understanding about the target subject.

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Hsin-Pei Wang, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan
Shu-Chiao Tsai, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan

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Conference: ACSET2014
Stream: Education and Technology: Teaching

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