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Teaching English for Tourism

Bridging Research and Praxis, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Ennis, Gina Petrie


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Teaching English for Tourism initiates a sustained academic discussion on the teaching and learning of English to tourism professionals, or to students who aspire to build a career in the tourism industry. Responding to a gap in the field, this is the first book of its kind to explore the implications of research in English for tourism (EfT) within the field of English for specific purposes.

This edited volume brings together teachers and researchers of EfT from diverse national and institutional contexts, focusing on connecting current research in EfT contexts to classroom implications. It considers a wide range of themes related to the teaching of EfT, including theoretical concepts, methodological frameworks, and specific teaching methods. The book explores topics relating to the impact of changing technologies, the need for cultural understanding, and support for writing development, among others.

Teaching English for Tourism explores this growing area of English for specific purposes and allows for researchers and practitioners to share their findings in an academic context.This unique book is ideal reading for researchers, post-graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of English language teaching and learning.


"TESOL ESP project leaders, Michael Ennis and Gina Petrie, have created an exciting volume that explores English for tourism (EfT) from multiple perspectives. This valuable guide for researchers and practitioners initially raises awareness of issues in EfT such as power imbalance and varieties of English and moves on to approaches and methods for equipping learners with the communication skills that they will need for tourism. The volume is filled with interesting and useful examples of EfT research and program development that bring together language, policy, technology, culture, and stakeholders in a way that stimulates the imagination and inspires creativity."

Kevin Knight, Associate Professor, Department of International Communication, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. Former Chair, ESP Interest Section, TESOL International.

"This topical collection of papers is an invaluable compendium offering pedagogic and methodological guidance to ESP, EAP and EOP lecturers and tutors involved in teaching international students on Tourism and Hospitality university courses. This has already been done successfully by world HE market leaders in Tourism (e.g., Surrey University and its twinned Campus in SII at DUFE, Dalian, China). Now the launch of such courses to international students is being planned for Transnational Education in Nigeria (e.g., in Lagos). The publication will be of interest to both established practitioners as well as to teachers new to this sub-area of ESP."

Mark Krzanowski, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in English for Specific Academic Purposes, Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London, UK.

"The eight chapters in this volume are representative of the main applicative trends characterizing the study of English for Tourism in diverse university contexts, providing new insights into teaching approaches and a guide to best practices that will prove useful for the current generation of researchers, teachers, and students in today’s globalized reality of tourism sciences."

Laura Tommaso, Assistant Professor of English Language and Culture, University of Molise, Italy

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Part I. English for Tourism: Theories and Concepts

1. What is "English for Tourism"? A "Grounded Review" of Textbooks and Secondary Literature (Michael Joseph Ennis)

2. Exploring Stakeholders’ Language Desires in English for Tourism: An Argument for Uniqueness (Gina Mikel Petrie)

3. The Politics of Englishes for Tourism: A World Englishes Perspective (Tracey McHenry)

Part II. Teaching English for Tourism: From Theory to Praxis

4. The Changing Nature of Tourism Discourse: Practical Applications for the Classroom (Suzanna Miles)

5. English for Tourism in the Non-Native English Classroom: Machine Translation and Corpora (Dominic Stewart)

6. "Cultural languaging" in English for Tourism: Integrated Learning of Language and Intercultural Skills in Tourism Education (Ana Gonçalves)

7. The International Non-Work Experience and the Development of Students’ Language Skills and Cultural Intelligence in an English for Tourism Purpose Course (Jeannette Valencia Robles)

8. Integrating Tourism Writing in ESP University Contexts: A Case of Cross-cultural Cooperation (Massimo Verzella and Agnieszka Małgorzata Sendur)

9. Teaching and Assessing Academic Writing for Tourism Studies: An Example of Reflective Practice from the Field (Michael Joseph Ennis)

Selected Bibliography


About the Editors

Michael Joseph Ennis is the Didactic and Scientific Coordinator for the English Language at the Language Centre of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

Gina Mikel Petrie is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for the English as a Second Language program at Eastern Washington University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Language Education

The Routledge Research in Language Education series provides a platform for established and emerging scholars to present their latest research and discuss key issues in Language Education. This series welcomes books on all areas of language teaching and learning, including but not limited to language education policy and politics, multilingualism, literacy, L1, L2 or foreign language acquisition, curriculum, classroom practice, pedagogy, teaching materials, and language teacher education and development. Books in the series are not limited to the discussion of the teaching and learning of English only.

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