English for Specific Purposes and Problem-Based Learning: Strengths and Opportunities

  •  Cristina Mariotti    


In Europe, the internationalization of universities has resulted in the continuous expansion of English Medium Instruction. Despite the potential for acquiring language skills in EMI courses, characterized by authentic communication as L2-medium settings, linguistic education tends to be marginalized in these environments. As a result, the development of disciplinary literacy among students might be compromised. This research aims to explore the incorporation of problem-based activities as a means to create meaningful communication environments within English for Specific Purposes (ESP) settings. These settings focus on language learning, addressing the English language education needs of university students to promote disciplinary literacy and enhance academic skills in English. The study first outlines the connection between problem-solving and interaction in second language learning. Subsequently, it delves into the cognitive processes engendered by problem-solving and their relevance for ESP settings. Finally, an application of a problem-based activity within an ESP framework is presented, offering an illustrative example of how problem-solving and interaction can be integrated into the classroom.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1923-869X
  • ISSN(Online): 1923-8703
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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