Interactional Skills in Engineering Education
This chapter discusses how interaction can be encouraged in engineering courses. To many educators in Taiwan, EMI and non-EMI teachers alike, interactive tasks belong in the language classroom and are not suitable in content courses. In fact, teachers often complain about having to reduce content in an EMI classroom, leaving little or no time for activities. However, it is commonly acknowledged that EMI teachers often need to deal with a passive class, where students are unresponsive and avoid interaction with the teacher. This chapter will first review literature on engineering education to demonstrate that an interactive approach in teaching not only makes learning more interesting but also allows teachers to gain insights into student learning. The chapter will then present and discuss the findings from four EMI courses offered by an undergraduate mechanical engineering (ME) program in a comprehensive university in southern Taiwan. Finally, the chapter will suggest quick but effective activities that meet teachers’ needs for quality feedback and students’ desire for oral practice.
KeywordsContent Knowledge Engineering Education Cooperative Learning Classroom Observation Engineering Student
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