IJLLL 2017 Vol.3(2): 49-52 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2017.3.2.109

The Use of Educational Research Findings to Develop Engineering Students’ Workplace Communication Skills

S. Thivviyah Sanmugam and Sarimah Shamsudin
Abstract—In the 21st century workplace, future engineers are not only required to possess technical knowledge but also relevant soft skills for effective workplace communication purposes. Specifically, the demand of communication skills among engineers has accelerated since the workplace expects professional engineers to be equipped with excellent communication skills for global interaction. The responsibility to develop proficient future engineering workforce are mainly shouldered by the English language lecturers. Thus, it is paramount for English language lecturers to use the most effective teaching and learning approaches to prepare engineering students for future workplace expectations. Educational research in language teaching and learning provides evidence-based pedagogical strategies which English language lecturers’ could consult in making pedagogical decisions. This article describes the use of educational research findings to develop engineering students’ workplace communication skills based on the model of ‘Teaching as Inquiry’ developed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Index Terms—Educational research, Teaching as Inquiry, workplace communication skills.

The authors are with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia (e-mail: thivviyahs@gmail.com).

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Cite:S. Thivviyah Sanmugam and Sarimah Shamsudin, "The Use of Educational Research Findings to Develop Engineering Students’ Workplace Communication Skills," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 49-52, 2017.

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