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Исследование на основе проектирования учебника английского языка для специальных целей

Title in English English for specific purposes coursebook design-based research


Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Electronic Scientific and Practical Journal “WayScience”
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Keywords design-based research; English for specific purposes coursebook; coursebook evaluation; evaluation criteria; questionnaire; pre-tests; post-tests; iteration; design principles
Description This paper deals with an English for Special Purposes (ESP) coursebook design-based research which is currently being carried out in collaboration between teachers and students of Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. Even though there are many ESP coursebooks available on the market for various fields of study, it is still rare to find those that meet both student needs and specific course requirements. Obviously, every learning or teaching situation is unique and depends on such factors as curriculum constraints, class dynamics, and student expectations and motivation. Some topics in published coursebooks do not correspond to a specific ESP course or field of study, and furthermore, it is difficult to cover a one-semester course with the exact number of coursebook units. Often, teachers must either adapt existing teaching materials by means of adding, removing, simplifying, reordering, and replacing, or develop their own materials. Therefore, there is a need to develop a coursebook for a specific ESP course. For this reason, the main goal of this study is to establish a link between the design of the ESP coursebook and its iterative testing for the purpose of evaluation and redesign in such a way that the coursebook becomes the most appropriate teaching material for the target group of students. The purpose of the article is to formulate the concept of the ESP coursebook design-based research, outline the design-based research methodology, and formulate preliminary design principles that can serve as an example of good practice for teachers who are trying to design and develop their own ESP learning materials. The dual yield of design-based research leads to both the practicality of the product, in this case, an ESP coursebook and the design principles that lead to the development of ESP coursebook design theories.
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