Material Production for an EST Course: Coursebook Design for the English Training Programme for Architects and Civil Engineers

Yong Chen


This paper presents the material production of an EST (English for Science and Technology) course in an English training programme for architects and civil engineers. The programme was specially designed for the construction professionals whose needs were investigated and analysed by the trainers, ESP (English for Specific Purposes) specialists from the British Council and Chinese counterparts. The article firstly focuses on the theories of needs analysis which support the investigation and analysis of the programme. After that, the needs of this programme (for both organization and participants) are recognized and organized with illustration of programme framework and a particular course (EST) syllabus. Then the literature of material design is reviewed and the rationale for the material writing is discussed with the presentation of a sample unit.

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