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ERIC Number: ED503021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-15
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Incidental Aspects in Teaching ESP for "Turismo" in Spain. The "Turismo" Learner: Analysis and Research
Garcia Laborda, Jesus
Online Submission, ESP World Journal Dec 2002
"Turismo" students usually bring different attitudes, interests, and levels of competence, in their orientation towards learning foreign languages than those shared by other types of students of English, even those for whom English may only be a requirement to obtain a degree (Garcia Laborda, 2001). While, in the future, "Turismo" students may come to consider English as one of the most useful tools in the travel industry (Uber, 1985), they still tend to regard it as just another subject in the curriculum during their academic study. Few will consider studying it out of school for personal interest or as a factor for future success in their careers. This presentation, divided into five sections, discusses the characteristics and the needs of these students as well as a set of proposals to improve their attitude, interest, and possibilities to succeed in the study of the English language. In discussing the academic, student, curricular needs and the individual characteristics of "Turismo" students, the paper reviews: (1) Students' perceived difficulties; (2) Students' vision of Communicative Methodologies; (3) Students' attitudes towards foreign language learning; (4) Needs-oriented classes; and (5) Possible solutions and suggestions for the future. This presentation also deals with topics such as methodology and techniques used for "Turismo" classes with special attention to its impact on students' views through communicative instruction, grouping, means of optimizing classes, and exploring ideas to improve the subject.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain