Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 16

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Teaching English for Tourism: Fostering the Development of Field-Specific Skills. A Case Study

Elena Păcurar, Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)


The present study is part of a larger research on the impact of ESP acquisition among graduate students in Tourism at Babeș-Bolyai University. It reports the findings of a quantitative analysis carried out during the academic year 2018-2019 whereby the author seeks to identify a correlation between the field-specific language preparation (English for Tourism) of the graduate students in question and the rate of their employability in the travel trade or related (sub)fields. Additionally, the study provides information on both the professional and personal impact that the use of English for work and everyday life have had on the respondents.

Keywords: ESP, hard skills, soft skills, language instruction, tertiary education.

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