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Introducing English for Specific Purposes

By Laurence Anthony

© 2018 – Routledge

224 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-05-09
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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.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: How to use this book

SECTION 1: Contextualizing ESP

  1. Situating ESP in English language teaching and learning
  2. Situating ESP in the world at large
  3. Introducing the four pillars of ESP
  4. SECTION 2: Understanding the four pillars of ESP

  5. Identifying needs in ESP
  6. Deciding learning objectives in ESP
  7. Adopting, adapting, and creating materials and methods in ESP
  8. Evaluating learners, instructors, courses, and programs in ESP
  9. SECTION 3: Applying ESP in real-world settings

  10. Implementing ESP in ideal, opportunistic, and just-in-time settings
  11. Dealing with challenges in ESP
  12. Moving forward in ESP


About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes

Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes provide a comprehensive and contemporary overview of various topics within the area of English for specific purposes, written by leading academics in the field. Aimed at postgraduate students in applied linguistics, English language teaching and TESOL, as well as pre- and in-service teachers, these books outline the issues that are central to understanding and teaching English for specific purposes, and provide examples of innovative classroom tasks and techniques for teachers to draw on in their professional practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General