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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Tasks For Future Pedagogical Professionals' Oral Communicative Competence: A Proposal For Work-Integrated Education

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Isel Ramirez Berdut, Maria del Rosario Suarez, Joyce Zivanai



KEYWORDS: Work-integrated Education, English for Academic Purposes, Language Teaching, Task- based Teaching, Oral Communication, Communicative Competence



Abstract: The main aim of every university is to have well prepared graduates, ready to enter the world of jobs. Communication skills are very important for professionals and differ according to their professional profiles; that is why, generally, they have a subject devoted to this study in the curriculum of their careers. Nevertheless, once they are working, they face difficulties mainly when communicating orally about topics related to their jobs. In this paper, the authors present a set of tasks for the development of the learners' oral communicative competence about their professions, grouped according to various communicative professional profiles, which take into consideration the differences among their specialties. These tasks can be implemented by the Communication Skills subject and even by other subjects of each specialty. They are simulations, solution to problems, role playing, debates, roundtable discussions, and oral reports. An analysis of the results of the application of these tasks by means of pre-experiments in the Mathematics career at the University of Holguin, in Cuba and at Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe is made. Before the introduction of these tasks into the teaching- learning process, the specialists were consulted and after the use of them in the lessons of Communication Skills, the opinions of the students were also valued. All these allow these lecturers to consider the proposal of tasks as pertinent. Besides the stimulation of the oral expression of the learners about their profiles, the tasks help the lecturers to do interdisciplinary work and to foster learners' values like autonomy in learning, responsibility, solidarity and creativity, necessary for their future work as teachers.



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