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ERIC Number: EJ787604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Integrating Alternative Learning and Assessment in a Course of English for Law Students
Burksaitiene, Nijole; Tereseviciene, Margarita
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v33 n2 p155-166 Apr 2008
Alternative approaches to learning and assessment have become common practice in higher education today. While these approaches have several learning, instructional and assessment advantages for students and teachers, a need exists for a better understanding of their consequential evidence. The purpose of this study was to examine students' perceptions of, and satisfaction with, the experience of learning English for Law in the environment of a comprehensive learning and assessment system integrating the project component and academic writing portfolio component into the framework of traditional learning. A sample of 58 law majors from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania participated in the study. The main findings of the study indicate that the integrated approach to learning English for Law was very well accepted by the students due to the following benefits it presented: (i) this approach is effective and useful in promoting students' productive and receptive language skills; (ii) it enhances students' satisfaction with their results; (iii) it fosters one's motivation to learn a foreign language; (iv) it promotes students' development as independent learners. It is recommended that this study be extended to the investigation of the impact of such an approach on the students' final results in ESP in comparable groups. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lithuania