International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 3 (2015), No. 2, Pages 47-56

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v3i2p47

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Using Task-Based Instruction to Foster Clear Communications on Chinese Ocean-Going Vessels

Xuehua Wu1  2  Teresa K. DeBacker2 

1Jiangsu Maritime Institute, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
2Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, USA

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English as a working language is very important on ocean-going vessels, and poor communication is one of the causes of major disasters. In order to foster the students’ communicative competence, we applied task-based instruction theory into the design of English for Specific Purpose (ESP) instruction, shifting our instruction from teacher-centered to learner-centered. This paper explored the principles and procedures in task-based language teaching and applied them to ESP learning, especially in Marine Engineering English classrooms in a Chinese vocational institute.

Keywords: communication, task-based instruction, ESP, Marine Engineering English

To Cite this Article: Wu, X. H., & DeBacker, T. K. (2015). Using task-based instruction to foster clear communications on Chinese ocean-going vessels. International Education Research, 3(2), 47-56.

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Using Task-Based Instruction to Foster Clear Communications on Chinese Ocean-Going Vessels