ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES E-LEARNING EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH

Lenka Kucirkova, Petr Kucera, Hana Vostra Vydrova
2014 Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science  
The paper deals with English for Specific Purposes (ESP) e-learning experimental research conducted in the lessons of Business English in winter term of academic year 2012/13 at the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) in Prague. Online study support for Business English is a 14 module course in the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) which is used for study purposes on the B1 level of the Common European Framework of References for Languages. The research sample is represented by 107
more » ... udents enrolled into the optional subject of Business English. These students enrolled into the lessons individually on the basis of their specialist schedules and it was not possible to influence how many of them would be enrolled into the subject of Business English and into what days of Business English lessons. The students were divided randomly into the experimental and control groups. At the beginning of the course the students wrote the pre-test and at the end the post-test. The students of the experimental group were statistically significantly better in listening comprehension, they had exactly the same results in translation and writing as the control group, and very slightly worse results in vocabulary and reading comprehension than the control group, but not statistically significant. Nevertheless, the total results in post-tests were equal, there were not any statistically significant differences. We also analysed students´ questionnaires in which students expressed their opinions on e-learning effectiveness. The findings in the questionnaires proved that the students had positive attitude to e-learning.
doi:10.7160/eriesj.2014.070306 fatcat:a2cpwpdo3bakdnvqtq5yb4w2fm