Designing and assessing virtual learning objects to foster english for specific purposes in higher education


Four Virtual Learning Objects (VLO) were designed to incorporate English for Specific Purposes (ESP) learning at a public university in Colombia. Each VLO comprised a series of Virtual Learning Scenarios (VLS), including a vocabulary bank, a set of activities related to the six linguistic competencies (listening comprehension, oral interaction, oral production, reading comprehension, writing production, writing interaction), and an assessment and feedback sections. The impact of the VLO on students' perceptions of their progress was measured through entry and exit surveys composed of a 5-point Likert scale, multiple choice and open-ended questions. 139 students from Software Engineering (18), Journalism (22), Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences (50) and Nursing (49) enrolled in the University English Courses (UEC) and five teachers participated. The results reveal that students' perceptions of the VLS are positive, as each VLO is innovative and motivates learning strategies. Additionally, each VLO improved students listening and speaking skills. Therefore, the researchers recommend that teachers who design and implement VLOs focus on providing their students with skills and knowledge necessary to their specific study fields. 


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Biografía del autor

William Fernando Fernández David, Universidad Surcolombiana, Colombia.

Foreign languages full-time professor, Universidad Surcolombiana, member of the Aprenap group and TICyTAC seedbed

Paola Julie Aguilar-Cruz, Universidad de la Amazonia and Jorge Eliécer Gaitán High School in Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia.

English Language Teacher and researcher, Universidad de la Amazonia and Jorge Eliécer Gaitán High School in Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia. She is currently a PhD student in Educational Technology at Central China Normal University


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Fernández David, W. F., & Aguilar-Cruz, P. J. (2023). Designing and assessing virtual learning objects to foster english for specific purposes in higher education. Revista Científica Del Amazonas, 6(11), 14-29.