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Constructionist Experiential Learner-Enhanced Teaching in English for Academic Purposes

Dietmar Tatzl

This book offers a macrostrategy for teaching English as a foreign language to students in tertiary degree programmes. This teaching strategy has been developed from various methodological currents in higher education and language didactics. The volume provides inspiration, ideas and practical examples for ESP and EAP professionals anywhere in the world and hopes to motivate learners across disciplines. It takes subject-specific requirements into consideration and is a methodology handbook open to the diversity of EAP teaching contexts. It may serve as a textbook in applied linguistics, English studies and teacher education.
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3. Constructionist Experiential Learner-Enhanced Teaching


Constructionist experiential learner-enhanced teaching constitutes a synthesis and development of established instructional methods and builds on tried and tested components of pedagogy and learning. The well-known foundations of this teaching strategy are rooted in educational and language teaching literature:

• the constructionist approach (Duffy & Jonassen, 1992/2009; Gagnon, Jr., & Collay, 2006),

• experiential learning (Dewey, 1938/1997; Legutke & Thomas, 1991),

• problem-based learning (PBL) (Arends & Kilcher, 2010, pp. 325–349; Barrows & Tamblyn, 1980; Benjamin & Keenan, 2006; Cawley, 1991; Moust, Bouhuijs, & Schmidt, 2007; Savery, 2006; Savin-Baden, 2000; Schmidt, 1983; Wilkinson, 2004b, p. 454; Willems, 1981; Wood & Head, 2004),

• project-based learning (PjBL) (Doppelt, 2003; Graham & Crawley, 2010; Sheppard et al., 2009, p. 127; Stoller, 1997),

• collaborative learning (Arends & Kilcher, 2010, pp. 305–323; Nunan, 1992/1993; Vygotsky, 1978, p. 90),

• communicative language teaching (Munby, 1978/1982; Widdowson, 1978, 1983),

• task-based teaching (TBT) (Hismanoglu & Hismanoglu, 2011; Littlewood, 2004; Long, 1985; Murphy, 2003; Nunan, 2004; Shehadeh & Coombe, 2012; Skehan, 1998; Van den Branden, 2006; Van den Branden, Bygate, & Norris, 2009; Willis & Willis, 2007),

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