Using Active Learning Activities to Enhance Student Engagement in a Business English Program

Laura Taylor


Active learning activities are becoming more prominent in the university setting, specifically in North America.  However, in some departments, large class sizes make application and engagement with these types of activities particularly challenging.  In response to this challenge, departments may look to supplemental programming for students, which can both aid in the comprehension of lecture material and offer tailored support focusing on subject-specific skill development.  This paper reflects on an English language professional skills development workshop series that used active learning activities to engage students within the Department of Management at a Canadian university.  It suggests that students not only enjoyed the active learning approach, but also felt that the workshops contributed to relevant language skill development.  


Active learning; problem based learning; English for Specific Purposes

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