WIKIS AS SUPPORT FOR ENGLISH STUDIES’ DISTANCE STUDENTS TO ANALYSE AND PRODUCE EST TEXTS (pp. 53-63)

María Jordano de la Torre

Resumen


This paper describes the evolution that a subject such as Inglés para Fines Académicos y Profesionales II: Textos
Científico-Técnicos (IPAII) / English for Science and Technology has experienced to improve the quality of its
teaching, characterised by the promotion of collaborative work among the students and the critical reading of
bibliographic references recommended during the course. Due to its nature, with no face-to-face tutorials and
based on the analysis and writing of short pieces of EST texts, the teaching team devised the idea of creating a
shared space in the form of a wiki so that all students had access to the same working texts. The announcement of
the closure of Wikispaces in July 2018 has obliged the teaching team to think about other alternatives for
collaborative work without affecting the instructions provided in the course guide. Although some of the most
useful features -such as delving into the history of changes for later analysis- have been lost with the modifications
carried on during the year 2017-18, others such as the debate on specific topics arisen from the analysis of the
texts have been reinforced.
Key Words: English for Specific Purposes; English for Science and Technology; English for Academic Purposes;
Collaborative writing; Digital Competences.

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