ERIC Number: EJ724562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Sustainability and Local Knowledge: The Case of the Brazilian ESP Project 1980-2005
Holmes, John; Celani, Maria Antonieta A.
English for Specific Purposes, v25 n1 p109-122 2006
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Brazilian ESP Project, this paper discusses why it has been able to sustain itself and develop over such a long period. The analysis focuses on two main areas of decision-making which led to this success: the structure of the project itself and the ESP methodology which was developed. Comparing the Brazilian experience with that of other projects, the paper identifies a number of decisions which determined the process-based nature of the project structure. These were crucial in ensuring a flexible and responsive administrative structure and enabled participants to feel "ownership" of the project. With regard to the ESP methodology developed, the paper highlights the way that a "Brazilian" or "Latin" approach to the teaching of ESP was developed. In both areas the importance of using a local knowledge approach to decision-making is emphasised.
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Decision Making, Second Language Instruction
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil