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Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.5, No.4, Dec. 2019, Pub. Date: Dec. 25, 2019
Sports English for Those Who Want a Career in Sports: An English Needs Analysis of Students at a Sports University in Taiwan
Pages: 460-466 Views: 100 Downloads: 46
Authors
[01] Crystal Jia-Yi Lin, Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan University of Sport, Taichung, Taiwan.
Abstract
As sports economy becomes globalized, it provides students who want a career in sports a diverse range of opportunities in both domestic and international job markets. Given the dominance of English in the world, it is important that students who want a career in sports equip themselves with professional English needed in the field to benefit from having choices and free movement in the global job market. The study investigated views of students concerning their professional English needs. This included the English abilities that are essential to their specific field in the sports industry as well as the proficiency level required for those English abilities. Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were administered to students in a sports university in central Taiwan. Results showed that regardless of the majors, having knowledge of vocabulary, especially sports jargon and body parts, was considered fundamental. In addition, oral communicative abilities such as the abilities to understand foreign umpires and English training prescriptions, to converse with coaches and players, and to express oneself when participating in a game were relatively more important for student-athletes. For non-student-athletes, while oral communicative abilities were indispensable, other communicative abilities such as reading and writing English emails, notices, and sports-related news were equally important. As to the proficiency level required for these abilities, it was found that for most students, all that is required is the ability to grasp the main idea with a few important details, a level which is achievable with some training even for students with basic commands of English. The study is concluded that to provide student-athletes and non-student-athletes with professional English needed for careers in the sports industry, course designers and English instructors should consider adjusting the focus of their course to students’ specific field in sports, incorporating authentic materials and activities in their classroom, and working on developing communicative competencies in their students.
Keywords
Career Planning for Athletes, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Professional English, Student-Athletes, Globalized Sports Economy, Language Requirements
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