Exploring the use of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to Enhance Oral Communication in Beninese ESP Teaching-Learning Process Case Study of Lycée Technique et Professionnel of Porto-Novo (Benin Republic)

Authors : Dr. Sourou Corneille Teba; Dr. Sourou Désiré Christel Zinsouvi; Dr. Morel Marly Mensah

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8379537

This study investigates the effect of social and emotional learning (SEL) on learner’s oral performance in ESP classes. The objective is to explore possibilities to provide an authentic learning environment where English can be used in real-life challenges and facilitate English for Specific Purpose (ESP) learners’ professional integration by using correctly the English language. Two aspects have been taken into account: oral communication and life skills development. A mixed- method has been used. The instruments include ten (10) questionnaires addressed to ESP teachers and classroom observations were held in five (05) ESP classes. The results revealed that in most ESP classes, English is taught as mere school subject without a real context in a non-conducive classroom atmosphere frustrating for both learners and teachers. This study evidences that effective oral communication development is possible using SEL strategies and activities which provide a motivating, flexible and relaxing learning experience in ESP context. The present study suggests ESP teaching courses should be integrated into Benin EFL teachers training schools. Teachers should grab opportunities to take part in workshops and training related to innovative teaching-learning methods. Well implemented in ESP classes, SEL strategies can sustainably develop learners’ communicative and social skills.

Keywords : SEL, Advanced Classes, ESP.


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