ERIC Number: ED431336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing ESP Practitioners for the Unfamiliar.
Carreon, Edwina S.
This paper discusses the dilemma of the non-specialist teacher of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) or English for Science and Technology when faced with technical content, and describes the response of De La Salle University (Philippines) that broadened the graduate curriculum to help develop future ESP teacher competencies. The personal experiences and frustrations of an uninitiated ESP teacher and the limitations of even the well-educated layman in teaching specialized language, drawing on recent literature are described. Five essential elements of ESP teacher training are identified: familiarity with key concepts in a scientific or professional discipline; acquaintance with its discourse characteristics and skill in genre analysis; familiarity with discourse and knowledge appropriation processes in science and engineering; awareness of expectations and valuing systems; and a repertoire of strategies for teaching science and engineering genres. The graduate curriculum in ESP teaching designed for this purpose is then described, focusing on three courses specifically constructed for this purpose. Some related course materials are appended. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Discourse Analysis, Educational Needs, English for Science and Technology, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Technical Writing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A