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This report presents the unique educational challenges of five programs in English for Science and Technology (EST) in Japan, Mexico, the Czech Republic/United States, Israel, and Hong Kong, including the challenges stemming from different educational/political systems and financial/technical resources. The five presentations cover typical EST concerns such as needs analyses, student motivation, faculty research, curriculum design, materials development, testing, high- and low-tech supported language learning, and teacher training. The first report details the EST training program at the University of Aizu in Japan, including a description of its students, its educational philosophy, courses offered, curriculum, and research activities. The program from the Center for Biological Research in La Paz, Mexico, has no official English learning program, but its 125 researchers and graduate students are forced to learn English to be able to publish their findings. For five consecutive summers, the Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania has been sponsoring an intensive, 4-week English language program at the Czech Technical University in Prague; the curriculum, faculty, and students are described. The students, faculty, and curriculum of the architectural school program in Haifa, Israel, are also outlined; their classes are taught in Hebrew, but most of the texts are English. The details of the English Centre of the University of Hong Kong program in engineering and computer science are also presented. (NAV)

Descriptors: English for Science and Technology, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Programs, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs

Author: Orr, Thomas; And Others


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