Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Zhang, Zuochen

Keywords

challenges; Chinese graduates; ESP curriculum; influence; workforce

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

This case study explores the influence that English for Specific Purposes (ESP) curriculum has on Chinese graduates in the work experience. It also examines whether the ESP courses are more beneficial in the workplace than traditional English courses, and how ESP curriculum should be re-designed to adapt to the requirements of job markets. The data were collected through online interviews from five participants whose majors were English and who graduated from Chinese universities. All of the participants had at least one year of work experience in English-speaking countries. The findings of this research show that universities’ ESP curriculum design, co-op or internship for related courses, work environment, and teachers’ specific field knowledge do have a significant and positive influence on participants in the workforce. In addition, the study’s findings suggest that Chinese universities should re-design or develop their ESP curriculum to let their students better meet future job requirements.

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