In the context of educational systems where English is a second or foreign language, the learning of its spoken form is always a challenge. It is a challenge not only because it demands morphologic, syntactic, and semantic knowledge, but it also requires phonologic comprehension and application among students. More challenging in the teaching of speech and oral communication is how the curriculum prepares the students in the actual use of oral language necessary in the performance of their professions. It is in this light that this study, The Teaching of Speech and Oral Communication in English for Computer Studies Students: A Needs Analysis, was conducted to assess the needs of computer studies students in terms of speaking the English language for occupational purposes. In here, the insights of selected English language and communication professors, computer science professors, professionals in the field of computer, and computer studies students were sought and analyzed. Interviews, surveys, actual observations, and literature reviews were done. After systematic completion of these procedures, objective and qualitative interpretations of data were done to identify the speaking needs of the computer studies students. The needs analysis results imply that these must be considered in the preparation and development of syllabus for the course.
Elimar Alupay Ravina, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Stream: Higher education
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