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“The Can Tho University (CTU) Project on Developing EFL ( English as a Foreign Language) Competence to Students” has been carried out since 2005 with the three behavioral objectives, after the courses, (1) students will be able to take part in the daily conversations and present minor topics in English, (2) they will be able to read English documents with simple level of vocabulary and search the internet for their study and research and (3) they will be able to write specific topics in paragraphs. That means the project focuses on the four skills of learning English- Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. And the new English material called “Reward” (the Reward series) by Simon Greenal (1997) has been piloted.
The main aim of this study is to get ideas from students to this new material with five sub purposes as follows:(1) Evaluating the extent of necessity of each EFL course to student needs. (2) Assessing the appropriateness of the distributions of learning time and knowledge in each EFL course to each skill of learning English, (3) Considering the usefulness in each EFL course to each skill of learning English, (4) Judging the extent of impact on student self-study from each EFL course, and (5) Making a comparison among students with English Certificate Levels (ECL) A, B, and C towards the new material.
A rating scale questionnaire with 13 items used with a purposive random sampling was sent to 150 students- the first three years of School of Economics and Business Administration, SEBA, CTU, Vietnam, at the end of the first semester, March, 2007, where students take English seriously because of their future jobs. The students were from the school years of 2005, 2006 and 2007 getting involved in the study. It means that they [students] were studying General EFL courses 1 to 5. And the results analyzed by Mean revealed that the new material is very practical, useful and appropriate to non English- majored classes in CTU, Vietnam.
Key words: EFL, English Competence, Curriculum Evaluation, Learners’ Needs, and Skills of English
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