Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1  March 2021                                          Pp.388 -400
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.26

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Global Issues in ESP Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education

Yana Diachkova
Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National
University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Corresponent Authpr: yanadyachkova@i.ua

Lilia Sazhko
Department of German Philology of the Institute of Philology of Borys Hrinchenco Kyiv
University, Ukraine

Liudmyla Shevchenko
Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National
University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Anastasiia Syzenko
Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National
University of Kyiv, Ukraine

 

Received: 11/1/2020               Accepted: 3/1/2021                Published: 3/24/2021

 

Abstract:
In English for Specific Purposes, one of the challenges is to transform teaching and learning into a process, which focuses on the development of professional skills, enables students to become successful learners of the target language, and makes them more aware of the local and global environments. This paper aims to analyse key challenges that teachers and learners face in the classrooms and suggest a way of integrating global issues into the process of development of professional soft and hard skills. The paper studies the existing ESP literature in terms of presence of global issues, explores the perceptions of global issues among university students in Ukraine, outlines the correlation between professional skills and global competence. The findings suggest that there are numerous advantages of introducing materials based on global issues into the teaching process as it has synergetic effect of fusing professional skills, soft skills and global competence. The paper concludes that this fusion improves the skill set of a future professional and has a positive impact on the quality of higher education in general.
Keywords: English for Specific Purposes, ESP, global education, global issues, professional skills, soft skills, life competences, higher education, classroom challenges, Ukraine

Cite as: Diachkova, Y., Sazhko, L., Shevchenko, L., & Syzenko,A. (2021). Global Issues in ESP Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (1)388 -400.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.26

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Received: 11/1/2020 
Accepted: 3/1/2021
Published: 3/24/2021   
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no1.26 
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Yana Diachkova PhD, (in Education), assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research interests touch upon contemporary higher education trends, methodology of teaching English for Specific Purposes and the use of modern technologies and instruments in education. ORCID code: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3145-6695

Lilia Sazhko PhD ,(in Education), professor in the Department of German Philology of the Institute of Philology of Borys Hrinchenco Kyiv University, Ukraine. The research interests cover methodology of teaching foreign languages and globalization of higher education. ORCID code: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1565-6091

Liudmyla ShevchenkoPhD, (in Philology), associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research interests embrace assessment procedures in higher education, the ways of developing cultural competence in teaching English for Specific Purposes.ORCID code: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4543-3876

Anastasiia Syzenko PhD. (in Philology), associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Economics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research interests include internationalisation of higher education, the use of learning technologies and new developments in teaching English for Specific Purposes.ORCID code: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8443-7813