Departmental Bulletin Paper Interdepartmental Collaboration to Bring Current Research into the English Classroom: An Example Using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

Brent, WRIGHT  ,  Martin, WOOD  ,  Takeshi, AKASAKA

(22)  , pp.173 - 183 , 2015-03-31 , 金沢工業大学
As English language educators, we are continually looking for ways to bring engaging material into the classroom. We chose to highlight UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) because the topic is interesting, current, and easy enough for students of all backgrounds to understand. This paper will describe how two English instructors and an instructor from the Aeronautics department collaborated to create and implement a series of activities about UAVs. In addition, we will summarize the results of interviews administered to gather student opinions about the activities. Finally, we will suggest ways this process can be implemented with different topics. Our goal was to explore ways to increase collaboration with other departments at KIT and to bring current and interesting topics into the English classroom.

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