A WEBSITE FOR DEVELOPING STUDENTS´ ORAL SKILLS IN ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES/UN SITIO WEB PARA DESARROLLAR HABILIDADES ORALES DE ESTUDIANTES EN INGLES CON FINES ACADÉMICOS
In today’s society professionals are expected to have solid oral skills to enter the labor market to communicate effectively. Mastering Academic English is probably one of the most reliable ways of attaining socioeconomic success in today’s society. It provides professionals with employability and the opportunity to disseminate the scientific results all over the world by applying it in different fields of study. However, in the English Language course with a second foreign language: French at the Universidad Central «Marta Abreu» de Las Villas, there are not enough didactic materials to develop those skills in the subject English Language II, devoted to the study of English for Academic Purposes, which were evidenced by an extensive analysis of the syllabus of the subject and by the application of surveys to professors and students. In response to this problem, this paper proposes the creation of a website to systematize the contents dealt with in the subject, taking advantage of the ICTs benefits to develop students’ oral academic skills.