Teaching and learning ESP courses: The perceptions of teachers and students

Tribhuwan Kumar, Triyo Supriyatno and Cyril Musaddad Abbud El-Aribi

Received: August 24, 2021; Revised: October 29, 2021; Accepted: November 04, 2021.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5703493

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Kumar, T., Supriyatno, T., & El-Aribi, C. M. (2021). Teaching and learning ESP courses: The perceptions of teachers and students. Scholars Journal of Research in Social Science, 1(2), 26-36.

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Abstract

Language is a perennial human activity and its usefulness is best demonstrated and placed in real-life situations. This is true when it comes to language that is learned and taught for specific purposes. Those who work in the professional fields, they understand the expectations and problems that graduates confront in their English competence in the real world. This study shows the perceived usefulness of various ESP courses taught for management students at two Indian universities by university students and ESP teachers. The researcher gathered data from 80 students and 20 teachers from different private universities of Delhi-NCR in the first phase of the research. A total of eight students were interviewed in the second round. The result shows that most professors were satisfied with the ESP courses they taught however students had a different viewpoint. According to the students, there was no focus on strengthening oral communication skills, which resulted in communication anxiety when the students entered practical domains. They also stated that the courses focused on out-dated professional writing styles that were no longer in trend. During the interview, the students suggested that instead of taking traditional courses, teachers could provide content that helps students acquire practical speaking and presentation skills.

Keywords:

Business English, ESP Courses, EFL Learners, Management Students, Oral Communication.