ACADEMIC VOCABULARY IN TEACHING ENGLISH FOR AGRICULTURE PUBLISHEDR. PAȘCALĂU1, S. STANCIU1, Laura ȘMULEAC1, A. ȘMULEAC1, Mirela AHMADI- KHOIE1, Andrea FEHER1, , C. SALĂȘAN1, M. DANCI1, M. BAKLI2 , M. AMARA2 None firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper is aimed to highlight the need of extending a general academic vocabulary to the students of agriculture study program on English materials. It is focused in presenting vocabulary used mostly for specific purposes, namely agriculture. Academic vocabulary should be suitable for all the needs of the students from all cycles, although here we are referring to the bachelor one, whether it is used in classes, for reading the agriculture materials or just practicing the theories on the field, or even when the students are prepared for facing the real world of work. A good knowledge of the English academic vocabulary in the field of Agriculture will improve all the skills of the students: speaking skills (speaking with fluency, good pronunciation, good conversation with specific agriculture terms), as well as reading ones and comprehension (understanding the main ideas of the text, presenting reports in/from the field, skimming and scanning activities). Furthermore, we have noticed that a lot of words of general use started to have academic meaning in our corpus, and that is why we consider to be taken into account as academic vocabulary. Consequently, we have identified the need to create field-specific academic word lists, to be used when teaching English to agriculture students, giving them the possibility to assimilate these words and to incorporate them in their day-by-day English vocabulary use. Delivering to the students an academic English vocabulary from a specific field, namely here, agriculture will contribute to complete their profile, helping them to become professionals, in an international labor market, where specialists are required. English teachers from Agriculture field could implement the use of academic vocabulary based on the variety or diversity of agriculture terms, being aware that vocabulary learning strategies must be purposefully taught, to improve the existing situation, and contribute to their professional profiles.
English, academic,vocabulary, teaching, agriculture