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ERIC Number: ED368187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-17
Pages: 24
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Possibilities for Research into LSP: An Exercise at Unitech.
Moody, James
A discussion of the teaching of languages for special purposes (LSP) argues for giving greater attention to the learner's actual language needs. It suggests that conventional English for special purposes (ESP) is inadequate for the unique linguistic context of Papua New Guinea, and that further research be undertaken into implications of such an environment for LSP. An experiment at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology is then described. The effort emerged from an ESP assignment in which engineering students were asked to write about a technical topic, and had difficulty in making the topic comprehensible to an uninitiated audience. In the second semester, focus was shifted from academic to occupation-oriented English. Students were asked to consider the differences between academic and occupational language use, then rewrite, from memory, on the earlier topic but for an audience of secondary-school-trained workers. They then wrote another paper for an even less-educated audience, in Tok Pisin, and defined specific technical terms in Tok Pisin or an English/Tok Pisin mix. Other writing exercises also focused on simplification and translation into Tok Pisin. The activities illustrate the value of emphasizing the communicative function of language, even technical language, in teaching LSP. (Contains 37 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Papua New Guinea; Papua New Guinea University of Technology; Simplification (Language); Tok Pisin