Title: An Action-Oriented Approach to Teaching EAP – Promoting English Proficiency through Digital Literacy Exploring Global Issues in a Blended Manner
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Tal Levy, Ruppin Academic College, Israel
In an increasingly connected world in which English is the dominant language, teaching EAP must adapt itself to global changes, including the use of online tools and materials, to meet students’ needs. Research attests to the advantages of student-centered, project-based language learning (PBLL), which encourages the creation of independent, highly motivated learners. Applying the action-oriented approach to foreign language learning, for the acquisition of English as a global language for international communication (EPIC), while resorting to global issues as a platform that engages, enriches, and involves mixed-level EAP students as active and creative learners.
The purpose is to generate student interest and serious project work, students examine problems and search for solutions. This is done while harnessing cutting-edge technology to motivate research, creativity, communication, collaboration, and learning.
In this way, A1 to B2 students will be able to employ all four skills in a meaningful way.
This approach focuses on the scaffolding that blended classes offer to students who find it difficult to take part in discussions or other types of full-group work.
As this is my 12th year of teaching with this model, I will share my findings, insights, and recommendations with different populations.
My talk focuses not only on the project and the achieved outcomes but also on the varied methodologies through which every student can be reached with an active blended approach. In my talk, I will show samples of materials, some of the tools we use, rubrics as well as samples of students’ work.
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