Developing LSP needs through simulations of international conferences: The case of
L2 simulations vs. L3 simulations
Linguistic diversity is an important principle of language education policies in
Europe. The aim of this paper is to present the use of simulation as a pedagogical
tool in L2 and L3 language instruction. The paper describes how international conferences
as simulation exercises were integrated in the course programmes of English for specific
purposes (ESP) and French for specific purposes (FSP). It presents the main characteristics
of the course design in view of students’ future professional needs and the Common
European Framework (CEF) correspondence. Based on the action research and student
feedback acquired through a series of simulation cycles, it puts forward some strengths
and weaknesses of the approach as reflected in the experience of L2 and L3 environments
respectively. The results indicate that international conference simulations increase
student motivation, and offer numerous possibilities for the development of all four
language skills, cooperative learning skills, negotiation skills, intercultural skills,
discipline related skills, and transferable skills, in L2 as well as in L3 settings.
Thus they could be used as a means of promoting linguistic diversity in different
LSP teaching / learning settings.
Keywords: LSP, simulation, international conference, cultural diversity.
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