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ERIC Number: ED458801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teach ESP through Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills.
Bahous, Jocelyne
Students registered in courses for English for special or occupational purposes usually already have a good command of the language. Their objective is not to acquire fluency in the language as such, but rather to learn to use the language adequately in specific professional contexts. The filed of international negotiation and peacekeeping provides such a context for multicultural communications. English for special purposes (ESP) or English for occupational purposes (EOP) courses focusing on international negotiations and peacekeeping can be used to teach students to understand and interact with people of different nationalities who use English as a means of communication. Strategies adopted in business negotiations should prove helpful to this field. This paper aims to do two things: (1) show the need to understand the culture of the people involved in the negotiation process; (2) study the methods of critical thinking and problem-solving that should be implemented in the writing of letters and memos across cultures. This paper will show that some theory is required in ESP courses and that an intensity of practice in the skills of business communications through critical thinking and problem-solving is essential. (Contains 28 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Lebanon