VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Applying Design Thinking into an ESP Course Orientation
Lê Thị Hồng Duyên

Building: Library
Room: Lobby - 1st Floor
Date: 2019-10-11 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2019-09-19


Course orientation is one of the important activities before any course, which helps to motivate and engage students in the course. However, through a preliminary research at a university context, the current orientation activities for most courses are only limited to the introduction of the course by the teachers. This way seems not to enhance students’ curiosity and interest for the courses because they are not actively engaged in such orientation activities. From such observation, the researcher has applied Design Thinking process into an ESP course orientation at her university. In particular, students were required to work in groups and utilize five stages of Design Thinking including Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test to explore the course and produce videos introducing the course they were going to study. As a result, by applying the suggested stages of Design Thinking, students showed their engagement in learning the course. Besides, they seemed to be more responsible for their own learning. Furthermore, this also helped to enhance students’ soft skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking skills, which are the 4Cs necessary skills for students in this 21st century. This model of orientation, therefore, should be multiplied to other courses and other university contexts.