THE LANGUAGE CLASS, AN ENVIRONMENT FOR DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS PUBLISHEDLaura Ioana COROAMĂ-DORNEANU, Alina-Andreea DRAGOESCU URLICĂ firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Foreign language teaching has broadened its scope and objectives, blurring content boundaries, discovering environments and provoking approaches. As the job market is constantly redesigning its framework and reaffirming values, the fundamental skills future employers need are creativity, flexibility, collaboration, teamwork and emotional intelligence (World Economic Forum, 2016). The aim of this paper is to shed light on the importance of developing such skills within the environment created by the language class in a non-philological university. The students in Life sciences within the BUASVM “King Michael I of Romania” from Timisoara are training in various specialties but soft skills are also an important dimension of their learning curriculum. Our endeavor to plan our language courses and activities from an ecological perspective offers opportunities to make students aware of the impact of soft skills on both their professional training and social integration in a working context.
ecological approach, soft skills, foreign language, learning environment, social integration.