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CAC: A Task-based, Learner-Centered College English Curriculum
Ma. Isabel P. Martin
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
This paper presents a description of the college English courses "Communication
Across the Curriculum I and II" (or CAC I and II) which are presently being
offered in the new core curriculum of the School of Arts and Sciences
of the Ateneo de Manila University. The courses depart from the traditional
English language courses at the Ateneo de Manila which focused more on
developing proficiency in using rhetorical modes of writing. In contrast
to these traditional courses, CAC I and II are task-based and learner-centered.
The courses aim to provide reading and writing practice to freshman students
so that they can better cope with the demands of other courses in the academic
setting. The paper offers an example of a curriculum that was specifically
designed to meet the language needs of a particular group of students.