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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) as motivational factor for learning English for specific purposes (ESP)

O.N. Stognieva
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O.N. Stognieva is Cand.Sci. (Pedagogy), doc. at National Research University “Higher School of Economics”



Analyzed are results of integration of massive open online courses into curriculum of English for specific purposes course in educational program at faculty of business informatics of NRU HSE. Experimental teaching with integration of this component in training course demonstrated, that educational outcome in this case may be higher than in traditional course, due to increase of students’ motivation provided by individualized learning, use of modern authentic teaching materials, participation of students in international educational community. Research findings illustrate that imbedding courses in university course of English foe special purposes could become the basis for integrated study of special subjects and the English language under the condition that on-campus courses have been re-designed to incorporate these components.

Key words: massive open online courses, motivation, English for specific purposes, course curriculum, online education, international learning community, individualization.


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