Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada
versão On-line ISSN 1984-6398
DAMIAO, Silvia Matravolgyi. Course design, action research and the use of computers: challanges in an ESP course. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.4, pp. 913-934. ISSN 1984-6398. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982011000400007.
This paper presents the results of an action research project that focused on the design and teaching of an ESP course and on the collaborative construction and development of a website. In the first year of the study, the course plan was modified due to the feedback given by the students and the same happened to the site, which was uploaded and modified according to the students' productions within the period. The course plan was reformulated in the second year of the study based on the experience acquired in the first year, and tasks were introduced to fulfill the students' academic and future professional needs. At the end of the second year of the study, it was possible to confirm that the course plan, with the modifications that were introduced, was adequate, and that the site reflected the tasks prepared by the students within the period, therefore reaching the objectives proposed at the beginning of the study. It was also possible to propose new directions for ESP teaching at the Institution where the research was carried out.
Palavras-chave : English for Specific Purposes; action research; computers in education.