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The Use of Text Mining in Identifying Means of Enhancing the ESP Teaching Process

Alexandra-Lavinia Istratie-Macarov ()
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Alexandra-Lavinia Istratie-Macarov: “Ovidius†University of Constanta

Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, 2019, vol. XIX, issue 2, 306-309

Abstract: Nowadays, English is studied at all academic levels. However, this has not always been so. With the advent of lifelong learning and due to the increasingly dynamic labor market, more and more people choose to take undergraduate courses and some of them do not have formal training in English. Thus, ESP teachers are facing the challenge of working with heterogenous classes. This article is analysis of 20 unstructured responses to the task “Agree or disagree with the statement that business and ethics are incompatible†, given by 1st year accounting students enrolled in the distance learning program of “Ovidius†University in the academic year 2018-2019. The method used is text mining, by means of a free online tool, with the aim of identifying the degree of readability of the texts and any peculiarities of specificities of the discourse which may be used as anchors for curriculum development.

Keywords: text mining; readability; ESP; curriculum development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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