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An EAP Theme and Task-Based Approach within a University Context

Authors
  • Grajales, Olga Lucia
  • Martínez de Gutiérrez, Maria Consuelo
  • Valencia Pérez, Adriana
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Source
DIALNET
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Language
English
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Abstract

This paper discusses an approach that integrates theme and task-based instruction in English for Academic Purposes. It is argued that if students are actively engaged in meaningful related theme-based tasks, they will be exposed to real language which will help them develop their communicative competence. Likewise, students' awareness of reality as well as of their critical thinking skills can be strengthened while applying different language strategies in a particular task. Moreover, global issues can be approached from different perspective allowing interdisciplinary work. The approach here described is based on an analysis of the learners' needs, which permits knowledge of the cognitive and emotional dimensions of the student so that the learning goals can be specified. Finally, on-line support through e-learning within classroom instruction enhances autonomous language learning.

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