Vekarić, Gordana; Jelić, Gordana
June 2013
Activities in Physical Education & Sport;2013, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
The aim of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to highlight the importance of writing abilities which should be incorporated into the syllabi of English courses at all levels for university students. Secondly, to increase both the interest and motivation of students for the class activities developing writing skills. Due to the complexity of writing itself it is rarely taught as a separate course at non-philological faculties in Serbia. However, graduate students of all fields of science are often faced with writing requirements in English language at the very beginning of their professional careers. As English is considered to be lingua franca of the modern technological age, our students should be equipped with those tools that would enable them "both to profound their own knowledge and to present their own ideas and findings to other members of their discourse community worldwide. We suggest a discipline-sensitive and discourse-based approach in the development of materials to be used in English writing classes. In this way students would be encouraged to write as this was the activity mostly neglected and avoided by both students and teachers. In our opinion, an ESP (English for specific purposes) course at university level should inevitably include teaching general academic writing skills at the same time. Competence in writing would provide our students with necessary prerequisites that would facilitate their promotion in highly competitive scientific and professional world of their respective disciplines.


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