EST for EMI: A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Domain-Specific Fluency
Keywords: English for science and technology, problem-based learning, critical thinking
AbstractAn English for Science and Technology (EST) course is offered as a potential bridge to English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) in the sciences. Consisting of four modules, each organized around a “big problem” in science or technology, the course challenges students to collectively arrive at solutions through critical and creative thinking that ultimately finds expression in three modalities: verbal (e.g., expert panel discussions, debates) graphic (e.g., problem statements, action plans), and visual-spatial (e.g., graphs, models). It is suggested that Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches to language learning – especially ones propelled by critical thinking frameworks (e.g., SPRE) – not only ease the transition to science courses where English is the medium of instruction but promote the acquisition of general competencies thought vital to 21st century success. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Hannigan, S. (2015). EST for EMI: A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Domain-Specific Fluency. Journal of Language and Education, 1(1), 12-19. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.17323/2411-7390-2015-1-1-12-19