Ivana Rubic


Abstract. Drawing on educational research and developments in dialogic pedagogical approaches, this paper points to the role and value of dialogue as a teaching method. With the growing belief that meaningful learning better takes place through engaging in dialogic interactions with students more and more authors suggest moving from traditional 'monologic' to dialogic teaching at all levels of education. Dialogic pedagogical approaches are communicative, student-centered approaches in which center on the ways of asking asks questions and responding to students’ contributions. Dialogic teaching is about taking teaching further through numerous possibilities that skillfull  management of questions and feedback offers, so as to benefit both understanding of content and language proficiency. In teaching ESP structured oral activities such as discussion and dialogue are indispensable methods for enabling students to develop their professional communicative competence in the target language. Dialogic teaching/instruction brings a number of benefits in terms of cognitive learning, as well as social and emotional benefits. In this paper the preconditions for effective dialogic teaching in an ESP context are discussed.

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