The Challenges of Using Published Materials in the Foundation Programme

The Challenges of Using Published Materials in the Foundation Programme

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Background:
In the Language Centre, the place where I work in, most materials (Textbooks) used in the English Foundation Programme are commercial.
There are six levels in the Foundation Programme where all taught skills (Reading/Listening/Speaking) rely on Commercial Textbooks. However, five years ago the Language Centre started designing an In-House Textbook for (Writing Skills). The In-House Writing Books are designed for students in levels 1 to 4. And now there is a plan to design an in-house listening and speaking textbooks for low levels.
The following paragraph expresses those ideas clearly for your background:
In 2006 the Language Centre launched a major and unprecedented undertaking in its history “ the first large-scale material development project aimed at producing a series of writing materials for students in the Intensive Language Programme, which later became a Foundation Programme. The decision was based on the LC teachersextensive experience with various commercially available textbooks used to teach the writing skills. These materials were frequently found inappropriate in terms of content and did not address first-year studentsspecific needs. Adapting these textbooks to the curriculum and college requirements proved to be time-consuming and inefficient. To eliminate the existing gaps, more effectively address students The project was initiated and coordinated by the Curriculum Development Unit at the Language Centre, with the financial and administrative support of the administration.
A number of important stages were followed in the production cycle. An initial needs analysis included extensive feedback received from the college faculty and students with regards to the target writing skills. The findings of this study were the used to create a general project framework and helped define the criteria for the material production and evaluation. The material writers were selected after submitting samples of their work and were provided with relevant training and assistance from international experts in the field. The new materials were evaluated by an editorial board, piloted and thoroughly revised according to the studentsfeedback. They have been in use since 2008 and are considered very effective in developing a number of key writing skills that contribute to the students overall academic competence. A professionally designed ?�Explore Writingseries is already available and some Local higher educational institutions have expressed interest in adopting it for their Foundation Programme courses. Therefore, the Language Centre is currently working on a commercially available version of the book.

In this Proposal Paper the focus should be around the area of Using Commercial vs. In-House Textbooks.

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