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Law and Business Students’ Attitudes towards Learning English for Specific Purposes within CLIL and Non-CLIL Contexts

Department of French and English Philology, University of Cadiz, 11002 Cadiz, Spain
Languages 2019, 4(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4020045
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 15 June 2019 / Accepted: 20 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Formal and Methodological Approaches to Applied Linguistics)
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses are present within most non-linguistic undergraduate studies offered in Spain. In particular, the University of Cádiz has a wide range of ESP teaching being delivered in the four campuses of the institution. Whereas this ESP instruction is thought as a way to help students develop language skills to be applied to their career paths, this very practical and useful goal may not be easily recognized by certain students. While previous research has revealed students’ attitudes towards learning ESP were generally positive, little has been said on their progression throughout the whole course. The aim of the present paper is to identify Law students’ approaches to a Legal English course taught through a specific methodology. Certain teaching strategies, which are also characteristic of the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach, were applied. For that purpose, the opinions of 88 respondents were collected and analysed during the second phase of their ESP course. Results revealed that although students showed a certain level of rejection before the course started, once they became well aware of the teaching methodology, their opinion changed positively. This would definitely be influenced by promoting students’ motivation, as well as the teaching methodology applied. View Full-Text
Keywords: English for Specific Purposes; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); business English; legal English; teacher training; foreign language teaching; Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE); English as a medium of instruction (EMI); teaching methodologies in Higher Education; internationalization of the curriculum English for Specific Purposes; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); business English; legal English; teacher training; foreign language teaching; Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE); English as a medium of instruction (EMI); teaching methodologies in Higher Education; internationalization of the curriculum
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Contero Urgal, C. Law and Business Students’ Attitudes towards Learning English for Specific Purposes within CLIL and Non-CLIL Contexts. Languages 2019, 4, 45.

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