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Title: Reading, learn and leisure: a Moodle-Mediated Library
Author: Otsoa Etxeberria, Jesús Eduardo
Tutor: Gesa, Ferran  
Abstract: Reading is crucial for Vocational Training learners to acquire the necessary linguistic and cross-cultural competences in their professional field. It is also important for them to develop mediation skills, enabling them to summarise documents to their peers or to explain culturally relevant information to commercial partners. This MA thesis focuses on integrating reading skills, the Content and Language Integrated Learning teaching approach, and Moodle technology. The study targets students enrolled in the Advanced Vocational Training Programme in Administration and Finances, who are required to receive English instruction in one module each year. A Moodle-based library, following the extensive reading approach and using authentic documents, is proposed as an effective tool to provide students with a wide range of texts on business English, current affairs, and cultural topics, throughout a complete school year. The library aims to create the conditions that allow for reading anytime and anywhere, increasing exposure to the foreign language extramurally, which is often limited in Southern European countries like Spain. Participants are assessed through various comprehension activities based on PISA programme's three perspectives: literal, inferential, and critical thinking questions. Moodle quizzes cover the first two types, while forum discussions address the last type. A glossary, for vocabulary acquisition, and the Dialang Placement Test, to enhance self-reflection on reading skills, are equally included. The library has been conceived to expand foreign language exposure among vocational training students, to foster their mediation and cross-cultural understanding, and to provide them with a motivating repository of texts and themes useful for their professional field and likely to develop their reading habit.
Keywords: extensive reading
vocational training
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
Issue Date: 27-Jun-2023
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