Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on the English Language in Ukrainian Context, November 2020  Pp.   68-78
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/elt3.6

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Challenges of Teaching and Learning Business English in Ukrainian Universities

 

Nataliia Avsheniuk
Foreign Systems of Pedagogical and Adult Education Department
The Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education of the NAES Kyiv,
Ukraine

Nataliya Seminikhyna
Department of Foreign languages, Faculty of Economics
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Ukraine

 

Abstract:
The English has been widely used and expanded with the globalization of the business world, notably ESP is considered a part of it. This study aims to seek out the challenges of teaching and learning Business English in Ukrainian universities. Considerable experience as Business English teachers at several Ukrainian universities and ongoing contact with colleagues in the professional community of ESP teachers, provides an opportunity to affirm that the results we found in the empirical study are typical for most Ukrainian universities. This assumption was also supported in the discussions with the ESP teachers from different regions of Ukraine during the British Council’s “English for Universities” project (2015-2018). Data collection was done by conducting a questionnaire survey for the ESP practitioners that had the issues in teaching ESP course at the Faculty of Economics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv The findings revealed the challenges that ESP practitioners face, particularly: difference in students’ language competence, course content selection, lack of motivation, in-class hours etc. and possible solutions in overcoming the constraints in teaching. The study suggests that Business English practitioners should develop and improve practical tools for evaluation and certification of results following the requirements and further improvements should be implemented in the methodology and organization of ESP teaching, the content of the course, the course design, the development of course-books and supplementary teaching materials for each specialty.
Keywords: Business English, ESP challenges, ESP teaching and learning, the role of ESP practitioner, Ukrainian Universities

Cite as:  Avsheniuk, N., & Seminikhyna, N. (2020). Challenges of Teaching and Learning Business English in Ukrainian Universities. Arab World English JournalSpecial Issue on English in Ukrainian Context. 68-78.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/e lt3.6

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Nataliia Avsheniuk, Doctor of Science in Education. The Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and
Adult Education of the NAES of Ukraine, Head of the Foreign Systems of Pedagogical and Adult
Education Department; Member of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance;
Deputy editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Comparative Professional Pedagogy. ORCID ID:
0000-0003-1012-005X