V-interESP – Using Videos to Enhance ESP Students’ Learning Experience: International Joint Teaching and Research



video, ESP, teaching, communication, motivation


Addressing the growing need to re-examine current approaches and teaching methods within the scope of ESP, this paper starts by describing the preliminary states of V-interESP – an international joint research project involving students and faculty from Lithuania, Portugal and Serbia. This project has two primary goals: to understand the role digital technology, and particularly videos, can play in enhancing students’ learning experiences within ESP settings; and to promote the study participants’ creativity as well as intercultural awareness and communication. Thus, in this study, the authors present preliminary research findings, based on the students’ answers to an entry questionnaire. Data focusses on students’ profiles and their perceived potential of using video to learn ESP, in particular regarding student motivation and the development of communication skills, as well as creative abilities.




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Author Biographies

Sandra Vieira Vasconcelos, Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Sandra Vasconcelos is Guest Assistant Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and at Águeda School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education and is an integrated member of the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers”. 

In addition to teaching Technical English and Intercultural Communication to graduate students, she is involved in a Research Project – “E-Cul-Tours Managing Cultural Heritage in Tourism”, within the scope of ERASMUS+ (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education). Her research interests include teaching English for Specific Purposes, the use of ICT in Language teaching/learning, blended and online learning, Tourism Education and informal learning.

Ana Balula, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Ana Balula is Assistant Professor and researcher at Águeda School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education and is an integrated member of the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers” and a team member of two ERASMUS+ (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education) Research Projects:  “Future-proof your classroom: teaching skills 2030” and “Language Learning Online in the age of Mobility” in the scope of ERASMUS+. Her research interests are in the areas of ESP, e-learning, b-learning, e-assessment, evaluation of e-teaching, online interaction strategies, ICT use in Higher Education and educational technology.

Nijolė Burkšaitienė, Vilnius University

Nijolė Burkšaitienė, Ph.D., is a professor, researcher and translator, expert of the European Commission on Quality teaching in higher education and on Validation of adults’ non-formal and informal learning in higher education, expert of the Research Council of Lithuania. She conducts interdisciplinary research into competence development in higher education, technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education, teaching and learning English for Specific Purposes (ESP), creativity and translation studies, discourse analysis, and assessment and evaluation in higher education.

She is author and co-author of about 50 research articles and seven international and national books and book chapters, author and co-author of five ESP workbooks, including Workbook for Law Students (2012) and Workbook for Law and Management Students (2013), and co-translator of four monographs. She is also a member of editorial boards of five international and national research journals. Commendation: Erasmus National Agency Commendation for Strengthening the International Dimension in Higher Education in Lithuania (2012).


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How to Cite

Vasconcelos, S. V., Balula, A., Burkšaitienė, N., & Stojkovic, N. (2021). V-interESP – Using Videos to Enhance ESP Students’ Learning Experience: International Joint Teaching and Research. Revista De Lenguas Para Fines Específicos, 27(1), 74–96. Retrieved from https://ojsspdc.ulpgc.es/ojs/index.php/LFE/article/view/1293