Workplace Oral and Written Language Needs for Graduate Students: A Review
Volume 3, Issue 5, September 2015, Pages: 93-101
Received: Jul. 20, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 3, 2015; Published: Aug. 12, 2015
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Seyed Mohammad Mohammadi, Faculty of Humanities, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran
Manijeh Masoudi Moghadam, Faculty of Continuing Education and Training, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
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Literature on Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) has shown that individuals working in a particular context have specific needs or are expected to have specific skills in a particular language, and that the language used at work often differs from that used in other contexts. As such, this study tried to review the oral as well as written needs of language users in the context of workplaces. To do this end, an interview protocol was used which consisted of 15 semi-structured questions. In addition to the interviews with graduates, 15 of their workplace supervisors were also interviewed via the telephone to gather details of the company communication profiles and to obtain their views about the graduates' particular communication needs. Furthermore, some authentic workplace texts were collected and several programmed visits to workplaces were undertaken thereof. The findings confirm that foreign language skills are an increasingly important basic component of professional academic skills, particularly in countries which have major business contacts with the world and their native languages are not among the major world languages. The surveys indicated that there were substantial uses of English, but with far greater use of written compared with spoken English. Close co-operation with employers in planning language courses is thus needed in order to tailor language teaching to adequately meet the needs of the future academic workforce
LSP, ESP, Written, Context, Language Skill
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Seyed Mohammad Mohammadi, Manijeh Masoudi Moghadam, Workplace Oral and Written Language Needs for Graduate Students: A Review, Communications. Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 93-101. doi: 10.11648/
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