ERIC Number: ED280285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Languages for Specific Purposes: Practice and Theory. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 19.
Bloor, Meriel; Bloor, Thomas
A discussion of the practice and theory in the teaching of language for specific purposes (LSP) focuses on the ways in which the LSP experience, and especially experience in English for specific purposes (ESP), compels a new evaluation of certain theoretical positions in applied linguistics and second language learning. It concludes that: (1) the major problem in identifying the theoretical base of ESP stems from the confusion between a model of a theory of language and a model of a theory of language learning; (2) the success of LSP may be accounted for only when it is understood that linguistic competence comes from language in use in specific situations; (3) LSP uses teaching strategies that are incompatible with certain theories of language learning; (4) language can be learned in a variety of ways, but the use of language is learned in appropriate contexts; and (5) in most cases, the teaching of language involves much more than providing the optimum circumstances for acquisition, and the teacher is also responsible for teaching aspects of language use that must be taught even to native speakers: cultural conventions and the system and uses of literacy. Six pages of references are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Needs, Educational Theories, English for Special Purposes, Language Usage, Language Variation, Languages for Special Purposes, Learning Theories, Linguistic Theory, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Student Motivation, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trinity Coll., Dublin (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.