1. bookVolume 11 (2015): Issue 2 (December 2015)
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Integrating soft skills in higher education and the EFL classroom: Knowledge beyond language learning

Published Online: 04 Apr 2016
Volume & Issue: Volume 11 (2015) - Issue 2 (December 2015)
Page range: 95 - 106
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
1857-8462
First Published
01 Jul 2005
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of soft skills in the context of higher education and in the context of the foreign language learning classroom. The article aims to define the notion of soft skills and to offer possible ways of grouping soft skills. It also provides ways of including soft skills instruction in the context of higher education. In addition, the article aims to propose models of implementing soft skills in foreign language learning and teaching situations and to suggest teaching procedures and activities which will facilitate the introduction of soft skills in the EFL (English as a foreign language) classroom at South East European University. The article also aims to discuss the need of including soft skills in undergraduate studies curricula and to provide arguments in favour of including soft skills. The article will also present participants’ views and perceptions, collected via survey, of the importance and necessity of soft skills for their future careers and workplaces. The conclusion will offer some practical suggestions regarding soft skill inclusion in the EFL classroom.

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