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ERIC Number: EJ1088303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0125-2488
Idea Sharing: Professionalizing ESP Teaching to University Students through Modeling Professional Interaction in ESP Classrooms
Tarnopolsky, Oleg
PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, v50 p155-172 Jul-Dec 2015
The article discusses the implementation of the "constructivist approach" in ESP teaching to university students. This approach creates opportunities for students to "construct" their own target language communication skills meant for use in their professional intercourse. The way of achieving such an effect can be seen in professionalizing ESP teaching and learning through modeling professional interaction in ESP classrooms. The learning activities that are suggested for implementing such modeled professional interaction are interactive ones in which students: 1) orally interact in English with each other on professional issues; 2) use outside sources of professional information in English and prepare different professionally-oriented written papers in English on the basis of the data obtained during their interaction with these professional information sources; and 3) do project work in English summarizing everything that they have learned both professionally and from the point of view of ESP acquisition. The article is illustrated with examples from ESP teaching to university students of psychology, as well as business and economics. The analyzed learning activities are interpreted as representing "experiential learning", which is considered to be the principal practical implementation of the constructivist approach in the ESP teaching/learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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