Introducing English for Specific Purposes

Introducing English for Specific Purposes

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Introducing English for Specific Purposes presents the key concepts and practices of ESP in a modern, balanced, and comprehensive way. This book defines ESP and shows how the approach plays a crucial role in the world of English language teaching. Explaining how needs analysis, language and learning objectives, materials and methods, and evaluation combine to form the four main pillars of ESP, the book includes:

practical examples that illustrate how the core theories and practices of ESP can be applied in real-world academic and occupational settings;

discussion of some of the most hotly debated issues in ESP;

insights on how ESP courses can be organized and integrated to form a complete program;

reflection boxes, practical tasks, extension research questions, and resources for further reading in each chapter.

Introducing English for Specific Purposes serves as an ideal textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying courses on English for Specific Purposes or English for Academic Purposes, as part of degrees in English for Specific Purposes, Education, ELT, Applied Linguistics, TESOL or TEFL. This comprehensive publication is also an invaluable reference resource for pre-service and in-service teachers of ESP, and for English program managers and administrators.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 11.94mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Halftones, black and white; 9 Tables, black and white; 12 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138936650
  • 9781138936652
  • 1,319,924

Table of contents

List of figures

List of tables


Introduction: how to use this book

SECTION 1: Contextualizing ESP

Situating ESP in English language teaching and learning

Situating ESP in the world at large

Introducing the four pillars of ESP

SECTION 2: Understanding the four pillars of ESP

Identifying the needs in the design of ESP courses and programs

Deciding learning objectives for ESP courses and programs

Deciding materials and methods in ESP
Evaluating learners, instructors, courses, and programs in ESP

SECTION 3: Applying ESP in real-world settings

Implementing ESP in ideal, opportunistic, and just-in-time settings

Dealing with challenges in ESP

Moving forward in ESP


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About Laurence Anthony

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has served as Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), and has created large-scale ESP programs in academia and industry for over 25 years.
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