ERIC Number: EJ899486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Who Qualifies to Monitor an ESP Course: A Content Teacher or a Language Teacher?
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v33 n1 p77-85 Jan-Jun 2007
As it is known, ESP materials are developed in order to respond to the specific needs of English learners. ESP is a branch of applied linguistics in which investigators attempt to put their fingers on the specific needs of individuals or groups of individuals in English in order to design materials related to their specific interests or specialties. And there is always a need to look at ESP within the context of language teaching in general, i.e., it should be considered as an offshoot of English language teaching. As Alan Davies (1990) argues, all language teaching can be perceived within a broader context of language for specific purposes (LSP). Therefore, the pedagogic problem is whether the general (ELT) and the particular/specific are so different that it is useful to teach them separately. Since there is a general misconception among subject teachers at non-English faculties that ESP courses should/must be taught by teachers of the subject matter, the question is how it is possible to come to a judgment on who is qualified to monitor an ESP classroom: a content (subject) specialist or a language teacher.
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), English for Special Purposes, Instructional Materials, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Course Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics
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