Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 10(3), pp. 53 - 58
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100302
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Professionally-Oriented Approach to English Language Teaching of Students of Journalism

Zara Kostanian *, Svetlana Kuznetsova
Chair of Media Linguistics, Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University, Moscow, 125009, Russia


Today's tertiary education is in urgent need of curricula aimed at teaching professional skills and competencies to university students. As a compulsory subject in many universities across Russia, English has been adjusted to meet this need, giving rise to ESP and EPP programs designed for narrow specialists. Nevertheless, journalism students have been paid little attention due to a common belief that to cover a wide variety of topics, they need EGP ("General English") supplemented with essential journalistic terms. The current paper refutes this stereotype by introducing a workable model of how English can be taught to journalism students through fostering professional competencies such as genre writing, editing, pitching, and publishing. The authors use the example of BJW (Basic Journalistic Writing) and the student magazine MessAge issued within its framework to illustrate a successful implementation of a professionally-oriented course. The latter is based on a complex methodological approach, which combines CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), genre writing, process and product writing, and Project-Based Learning (PBL). The surveys taken among BJW students in 2018-2022 provide evidence that they highly value the course for its practical approach and an opportunity to master professional competencies from the first year of the Baccalaureate program.

Journalistic Writing, Genre Writing, Professional Competencies, English for Journalism Students, ESP, Project-Based Learning, Professionally-Oriented Course

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[1] Zara Kostanian , Svetlana Kuznetsova , "Professionally-Oriented Approach to English Language Teaching of Students of Journalism," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 53 - 58, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100302.

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Zara Kostanian , Svetlana Kuznetsova (2022). Professionally-Oriented Approach to English Language Teaching of Students of Journalism. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 10(3), 53 - 58. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100302.