ONLINE LANGUAGE TEACHING AND EVALUATION OF ENGINEERING STUDENTS
Keywords:online education, language skills, evaluation, manufacturing technologies, teaching, e-tests
The research aimed to point out the effective use of ICT in foreign language teaching and learning by engineers. The problem with the evaluation of students during their studies or at the end of the academic year arose when the Technical University of Košice was forced to switch to a distance form of education. The experiment took place in the winter semester of 2021/2022 within the compulsory English Language in Technical Practice course. Mixed methods were used to compare the results of e-tests within the four study programmes - Automotive Production Technologies, Computer-Aided Manufacturing Technologies, Industrial Management and Intelligent Technologies in Industry. The research employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The research design involved collecting data using online tests completed by students and sent to the teacher. A quantitative method was conducted to evaluate the students’ online tests. The qualitative research method allowed for the analysis and interpretation of data from the experimental testing. Based on the results of the study, it was concluded that different types of Moodle tasks can be successfully applied to e-testing as part of English course assessment at the university level. The study aimed to determine the level of language skills of the 80 first-year engineering students at the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies in Prešov Technical University of Košice who participated in the experiment. The university-wide learning management system, the Moodle platform, was used during the study and in the final online tests. The results of the e-tests revealed the level of language skills, and teachers were able to identify the weaknesses and strengths in teaching professional study material. The hypothesis concerning language skills was confirmed. The best evaluation was achieved by 43 students (53.8%) in reading professional texts with understanding, and only 21 students (26.3%) were successful in grammar. It was emphasized that reading comprehension is an integral and inseparable part of the teaching process at the Technical University. The correct understanding of the professional text has a huge benefit and significance in their practice and future professions.
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