Employing the Gitbook Platform in Creating Interactive Online Coursebooks for Profession Oriented ELT
The aim of the report is to share the experience of designing the coursebook “English through History Projects [The interactive online version of the “English through History Projects” coursebook is available at the GitBook platform: https://english-historyprojects.gitbook.io/english-through-history-projects/intro/english-through-history-projects..]” and its interactive online version that are a product of the university’s interdisciplinary team project, managed by the School of Foreign Languages NRU HSE, Moscow, Russia, in 2020–2021. The profession oriented coursebook for learning English is designed for university BA students (B1 + level) whose major or interest lies in history both as an academic discipline and a professional field. The coursebook introduces project-based framework that provides a variety of tasks and activities granting students’ an opportunity to learn how to use English as a tool for solving profession oriented project-based tasks. The article presents methodological aspects and survey results that shaped the conceptual framework of the coursebook. It compares several online services, used in ELT, focusing primarily on the GitBook platform that was chosen for designing the interactive online version of the coursebook. The GitBook platform makes the coursebook an interactive, user friendly and globally available online tool, that provides numerous benefits to learners and educators worldwide.