Constructivist Blended Learning Approach: to Teaching English for Specific Purposes

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Walter de Gruyter, Nov 30, 2012 - Foreign Language Study - 254 pages
This monograph analyzes an innovative approach to teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in tertiary education. This "constructivist blended learning approach" is based on students "constructing" for themselves their own knowledge and professional communication skills in English by making extensive use of Internet sites in English, combining traditional in-class learning with in- and out-of-class learning through the Internet (blended learning). Dr. Tarnopolsky offers a thorough analysis of the principal forms of learning activities in English for this approach and suggests five principles underlying its practical implementation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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Experiential interactive learning as the constituent part of the constructivist approach that determ
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Contentbased instruction as the constituent part of the constructivist approach that determines the
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Using Internet technologies as the foundation of organizational forms in introducing the constructiv
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Principles of practical implementation of the constructivist blended learning approach to teaching E
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Practical implementation of the constructivist blended learning approach to teaching English for Spe
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Conclusion
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References
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Author Index
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Subject index
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Oleg Tarnopolsky (Doctor of Pedagogy, Fulbright Awards, 1994 and 2005) is Full Professor at Alfred Nobel University, Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) where he heads the Department of Applied Linguistics and Methods in Foreign Language Teaching. His research and publications focus on different aspects of language teaching. He is the author of more than 250 works (books, articles, textbooks) on teaching English as a foreign language published in his home country and across Europe, in Canada and in China.

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