Смешанное обучение английскому языку для специальных целей с использованием смарт-учебника
The current scientific and educational environment demands that professionals’ foreign language proficiency be at the independent user level. The key task ESP course developers are expected to accomplish is to adjust the courses taught to students majoring in engineering to the smart education and Education 2.0 requirements. The latter imply that students, being mentally prepared for life-long learning, are able to productively use a variety of resources in English so as to increase their specific-purpose foreign language competence. The task can be successfully accomplished via the rotation model of the ESP blended learning course based on the use of the smart coursebook as the core component. The educational social network Edmodo is deemed the best platform to integrate the smart coursebook into the ESP blended learning course.
The paper describes the Edmodo foreign language teaching tools which enable the course instructor to implement regular-basis testing via the Express practice unit and the Peer assessment method. Special attention is drawn to the optional component of the smart coursebook designed by the authors. The component referred to as Blank unit is a module students fill with the English content relevant to their professional and personal learner’s needs by doing a set of specifically designed exercises. The incorporation of the smart coursebook into the rotation model of the ESP blended learning course enhances the quality of the learning outcomes, which is confirmed by the experimental teaching results.