Academic journal article International Journal of English Linguistics

Reflection on Teaching Reform of the Course of "College English" under Professional Teaching Reform Model Based on Working Process

Academic journal article International Journal of English Linguistics

Reflection on Teaching Reform of the Course of "College English" under Professional Teaching Reform Model Based on Working Process

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Abstract

Through reflection on the course reform of "College English" under the professional teaching reform model based on working process in the Electrical Automation Technology Major in Department of Automatic Control in Yibin Vocational and Technical College, this paper discuses problems existing in realistic teaching model in the course of "College English", talks about how to take the orientation of working process in combination of reality of teaching to seek to break through the tradition of establishing the discipline system, conduct course reform and propose specific measures and suggestions.

Keywords: Working process, Professional teaching model, Action orientation, College English, Course reform

The course model of working process orientation has been developed and conducted in a lot of higher vocational schools in China. However, what is much discussed at present is exploration of reform in all sorts of professional courses according to the idea of working process. Rapid scientific and economic development and profound social changes have made the traditional vocational education ideas and teaching means seem laggard, as course setting in vocational schools seems relatively single and different courses are not mutually connected. A large majority of vocational schools have not had enough knowledge in setting up courses about introduction to vocation and students have ambiguous knowledge in the occupation and the occupational quality and capacity required by the occupation. For a long time, course reform in vocational education has ceased to advance for the reason that design and compilation of micro content of courses has not jumped out of the discipline system. Under the reform of professional teaching model in all sorts of professional courses according to the idea of working process, it is an issue that deserves our reflection how the course of "College English" should be reformed to match up with the learning of professional course and the professional cultivation target.

1. Causes for proposal of the idea of reform in the course of "Collage English"

The course of "College English" belongs to the general public compulsory elementary course that is set up by higher vocational non-English majors in Yibin Vocational and Technical College and is studied for one year by all non-English majors, mainly for university freshmen. Learning of this course can improve students' capacity in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating of English, make students communicate and acquire information with the simple tool of English, help students grasp good language learning method, lay solid English language foundation, enhance their cultural quality, and lay a foundation for their learning of subsequent professional courses. As an independent subject, the course of "College English" carries out the target of ultimate teaching management. Our college defines teaching of this course as follows: students are required to take part in Sichuan College English Test 2 and Sichuan College English Test 3 and their performance is regarded as one of the considerations for their graduation.

The traditional idea of "College English" in this collage has been deeply rooted in that the teaching of this course lacks particularity, the mode of teaching lags behind, ignores the effect of teaching and neglects cultivation of capacity, etc. The vocational teaching curriculum that is really connected with the working process and that is working process oriented has still been at an exploratory stage. Under the model of professional teaching reform based on working process, reform of curriculum teaching of "College English" ought to sufficiently learn from foreign advanced experiences and advanced experiences of professional teaching reform in other domestic universities. Given the reform of the teaching model led by "international" universities and considering the background of trial of teaching reform in the project "Comparative Study on Traditional Teaching and Action-oriented Teaching Model in Electrical Automation Technology" that is conducted in Electrical Automation Technology Major of Department of Automatic Control in Yibin Vocational and Technical College, positioning of teaching of the course of "College English" and the teaching target should be changed too. …

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