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Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.0174

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

INTEGRATING RECEPTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS IN ESP COURSES ON THE MOODLE PLATFORM

O. Zeevy-Solovey

Tel-Aviv University (ISRAEL)
At Tel Aviv University, freshmen students are required to take advanced ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses. In ESP, English is not taught as a subject detached from the students' needs and interests; rather, it is taught through a field that is relevant to the students, emphasizing the importance of the learners. Attending to students’ needs greatly influences their motivation to learn and thus leads to effective learning.

ESP focuses on language in context. Accordingly, our courses are built around themes of high interest to students, and we develop a wide range of supplementary activities related to these themes in order to augment all language skills and improve the students’ communicative competence. These additional materials are implemented using Moodle, a free, open source learning management system (LMS) which offers a flexible online environment that can be “filled” with activities, texts, sound and videos.

The aim of this presentation is to share my experiences designing an ESP course for occupational therapy students where all four language skills are practiced and integrated with the help of a learning management system. The processes of conducting a needs analysis in order to select appropriate course topics and resources, creating supplementary interactive activities and making use of the Moodle platform will be addressed. This can encourage other ESP teachers to incorporate both receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills into the thematic units of their courses.

When instructors make use of activities that have been specifically devised to incorporate several language skills, they provide their students with situations that allow for well-rounded development and progress in all areas of language learning.

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