Language Proficiency Level and Intake of Nominal Group Use in Scientific English: A Web Classroom Empirical Study
International Journal of English Linguistics
Focusing on the teaching-learning of nominal group use in science and technology through input noticing, this article deals with a pedagogical application of technological resources to the acquisition of grammar competence in English by a group of 50 senior year Spanish engineering students with different CEFR English level, ranging from A2 to C1. Students received training to notice nominal groups in an input of specialized engineering articles in the Web classroom, as part of the core subject
... of the core subject English for Academic and Professional Communication syllabus, taught at the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). The results of the statistical analysis revealed that the entire group improved their ability to use noun compounds correctly, and that the students' CEFR level affects the student's initial and final marks, but not their improvement in nominal group use. It was concluded that this approach, which integrated technology-enhanced noticing into the course methodology, improved the students' performance and, therefore, can be profitably implemented for the acquisition of grammar competence.