PEERIYA PONGSARIGUN (CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE INSTITUTE)

DEVELOPING TASK-BASED LESSONS FOR ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES FOR THAI SPORTS SCIENCE STUDENTS : CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

Sports science students are usually energetic and responsive to task-based activities. Incorporating real-world tasks makes English lessons more meaningful, experiential, and engaging (Hashemi et al., 2011). Also Charnchairerk (2018) found that students at the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Sports Science scored low on the writing and reading comprehension parts of the Chulalongkorn University Test of English Proficiency (CU-TEP). The mean score for writing was 8.22 out of 30, and the mean score for reading comprehension was 17.11 out of 60. Their proficiency is relatively low and teachers need to scaffold their learning process by encouraging sports science students to actively participate and gradually develop their English skills—starting from less challenging tasks to more challenging ones. This presentation investigates how I developed task-based lessons for Thai Sports Science students. Challenges and students’ feedback will also be discussed.

Peeriya Pongsarigun teaches English at Chulalongkorn University. She, together with John Viano, has translated more than 120 children’s books mostly from Thai to English. She is interested in ELT, FLT (Thai), and translation.