ERIC Number: ED424775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-31
An Overview of ESP in the 1990s.
This discussion of the current state of instruction in English for Special Purposes (ESP) begins with a comprehensive definition of ESP that focuses on characteristics distinguishing it from other areas of English language teaching: specific language skill needs; specific genres and language related to them; and methodology reflecting the discipline(s) or professions to which the language needs relate. While generally offered at the level of higher education, ESP is also provided in the workplace or in adult education, and may be adapted for secondary education. These aspects of ESP instruction are examined: subject-specificity; the teaching of English for academic purposes; and the varied roles of the ESP teacher as instructor, course and materials designer, collaborator, and evaluator. An instructional example using a concordance to correct a technical text is included. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, Educational Trends, English for Academic Purposes, English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Language Styles, Language Teachers, Needs Assessment, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Japan Conference on English for Specific Purposes Proceedings (Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima, Japan, November 8, 1997); see FL 025 575.