Developing a Coursebook for EFL Tour Guides/Tourism Students
Geunyong Baik (International Graduate School of English, Seoul) in Lecture Theatre 2
at The MATSDA/University of Liverpool Conference: Authenticity and Materials Development for Language Learning, June 2016
Positive reception towards the Korean Wave has caused a boom in Korea’s tourism industry, hence, demand for guides in foreign languages especially English has increased dramatically. The current education system trains students to improve their receptive skills but limited attention has been given towards developing productive skills.
This course book aimed towards closing this gap and hence, focuses on communicative language teaching (CLT) and task-based language learning (TBLT). Materials of various mediums included in this book are not only authentic, they are also designed to capture Korean culture and travel information as to tailor to the needs of those interested in this field. Although customized to include materials related to tourism, this book would also be an item of interest for the general public. This is because the skills gained are applicable to a wider range of fields including daily conversation with foreigners.
The presentation will be divided into three main parts. The first focuses on the objective and need analysis of the research. It will then be followed by the course book and its curriculum’s contribution towards the development of Korean English tour guide. The final part will focus on sample materials from the course book.