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Constructivism in Teaching English for Special Purposes at Tertiary School

Constructivism in Teaching English for Special Purposes at Tertiary School

Journal of Economic Regulation, , Vol. 8 (no. 3),

The article looks at some principles of constructivism philosophy and the ways they are realized in ESP teaching at tertiary school. The purpose of this article is to describe constructivist teaching approach in enhancing students’ use of appropriate ESP learning strategies. Constructivism is a theory that emphasizes the active role of students in building understanding and making sense of the information. The constructivist teaching is learner-centered where students are actively involved in knowledge construction rather than passive listeners. Students construct knowledge by transforming, organizing, reorganizing previous knowledge through social interaction in construction of knowledge and understanding. The paper is an attempt to examine the principles of constructivist teaching and learning by providing analysis of features of constructivist theory and the organization of a constructivist classroom.

Keywords: professional focused training, teaching ESP, foreign language communicative competences, constructivism, constructivist didactics, cooperative principle

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