Assessing the communicative relevance of the syllabus for office secretaries in Kogi State Polytechnic from an ESP perspective
This paper evaluates the communicative relevance of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) syllabus to professional courses. Secretarial studies programme in Kogi State Polytechnic is therefore chosen for study. As a profession, the secretarial job requires specialized preparations and training in communication for skillful performance. This is because office secretaries require much more social competence than grammatical know-how to be effective and efficient in their professional activities. The general English that focuses on grammar competence may therefore not be able to capture the communicative demands of secretaries. What they need is the English which is clearly for utilitarian purposes, based on the specification of learners’ needs. Going through the syllabus of language and communication skills used in training learners for secretarial job, it was discovered that the course content in terms of language and the setting in which learners will function on leaving the school do not adequately reflect the actual needs of students. This paper suggests that the curriculum should be made to reflect the needs of learners by giving more attention to oracy – speaking and listening skills that play significant role in the office interactions so as to enhance professionalism on the job.