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Developing communicative competences in a higher education technical context
Year:2016
Research Areas
  • Humanities,
  • Education,
  • Philology
Information
Abstract
This work analyses the acquisition and development of communicative competences with EFL civil engineering/architecture students that were trained according to CEFR principles. Methodologically speaking, the training consisted in the application of two tools: (1) Authentic tasks specifically focused for engineering students and based on spoken and written academic and professional genres (Swales 2009, Paltridge 2011) were conducted. These activities created a multidisciplinary scenario linked to the students? engineering /architecture syllabuses. (2) Linguistic descriptors and can do statements taken from the portfolio ACPEL were set as a guide for students. ACPEL is an academic and professional linguistic portfolio targeted for tertiary education technical students and accredited by the European Council in 2009. We focused on the development of communicative competences as stated in Savignon (1991) and Celce-Murcia et al. (1995). Results were calibrated in two stages throughout the course: by preliminary assessment and after task completion. We analysed the students? evolution with class activities including oral presentations, role-play, writing technical essays and summaries. Our findings indicate that when students are exposed to content-related and goal-oriented tasks their performance improves and the acquisition of metacognitive skills such as planning, teamwork management, self-reflection and learner autonomy gets fostered.
International
Si
Congress
Colóquio Internacional da Aprolínguas
Entity
Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
Entity Nationality
PORTUGAL
Place
Oporto (Portigal)
Start Date
16/06/2016
End Date
18/06/2016
Participants
  • Autor: Ana Maria Roldan Riejos (UPM)
  • Autor: Paloma Ubeda Mansilla (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Departamento: Lingüística Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
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