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Active and Autonomous Development of Communicative Competence in ESP in Language Learning Process – Classroom experiment



Year of publication 2013
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description This paper looks at activating teaching and learning method of simulation which helps students become active and autonomous participants in their own learning process and therefore helps to develop their communicative competence in real life situations which is essential for students in the field of English for specific purposes. It introduces learning by doing which positively affects learner cognitive skills and gives him practical experience in development of both communicative and social skills. Simulation as a method used in language learning process shows high potencial in developing both of them. It seem to be a powerful tool for supporting learner autonomy in the classroom. The paper looks at structure and design of simulations, gives suggestions how to test and evaluate learner‘s performance during simulation and gives practical examples of simulations being used in autonomous learning process of tertiary nursing and paramedic students. The research itself deals with Medical English development at tertiary level. First it introduces the quantitative research method used – experiment in vivo and explaines how simulation method was used in teaching and learning process of experimental group. It describes experiment carried out in detail in the period of one school year. Than it looks at drawbacks challenged during the course of experiment and finally introduces results in communicative competence development comparing experimental and control groups of ESP students. Subjective views of students participating in the experiment are analysed and related to the results of the experiment itself in the end of the study.
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