LEARNERS' PERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING IN THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTES IN PUNJAB

Maninder Kainth, Mahesh Kumar, Research Scholar
2015 International Journal of Technical Research and Applications   unpublished
This article reports the views of 680 students from 34 engineering institutes affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU) in the state of Punjab, India. The research instrument used for the survey was a questionnaire consisting of 26 questions based on basic tenets of CLT including thematic categories like group work and pair work, importance of grammar, error correction and evaluation, teachers' role, learners' role and curriculum design. The questionnaire adapted from Karavas-Doukas
more » ... aravas-Doukas (1996) composed of 5-point Likert-type open-ended items. The results obtained from the survey revealed that the engineering students in Punjab have a moderately high perception of the Communicative principles but they do have certain misconceptions about CLT which are primarily because of their lack of understanding and exposure to CLT. It is apparent from the study that only by orienting the students towards the communicative approach and its importance can we maximize their views and make CLT a successful endeavor for English language teaching at the engineering and technology institutes in the Indian contexts. Index Terms-learners' perception, communicative language teaching (CLT), English language teaching (ELT), Engineering English
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