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ERIC Number: EJ923451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
How to Make Upper-Level University English Classes More Interactive
Lytovchenko, Irina
English Teaching Forum, v47 n2 p24-29 2009
Upper-level English classes often pose special problems for teachers. Known as English for Specific Purposes (ESP), this type of English instruction integrates the specialized subject matter of the field into the classroom. ESP requires the acquisition of highly specialized terminology and the ability to explain formal processes as students prepare for the high-level competence they will have to demonstrate in their chosen careers. Because this advanced material is often difficult and challenging, students can easily fall behind or become nonresponsive. It is therefore imperative for teachers to use methods that make upper-level classes effective and communicative. One good solution is task-based teaching, which links pair and group work with relevant activities to make language lessons more interactive, thus increasing student engagement and comprehension. This article describes how the author implemented task-based teaching to improve language learning in an upper-level ESP class for engineering students. (Contains 2 tables.)
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A