This book proposes a new paradigm for English language teaching based on concepts from English for Specific Purposes (ESP) research and applications as well as from growing evidence relating pattern recognition to language learning ability. The contributors to the volume argue that learners should not try to become proficient all-around users of ‘idealistic native-like’ English, but instead should be realistic about what they need to acquire and how to go about achieving their specific goals.
The book discusses the present situation by describing the status quo of English language education in Japan, taking into consideration recent trends of CLIL (content and language integrated learning), EMI (English medium instruction), and TBLT (task-based language teaching) as well as the work done on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. It introduces new movements in ESP in Japan and in wider Asia, covering topics ranging from genre analysis to corpus linguistics and presents application examples of ESP practice in a range of educational situations in Japan from the graduate school level to elementary and middle school contexts. It also offers readers application examples of ESP practice in a range of business settings and expands the discussion to the global sphere where EAP and ESP are gaining importance as the number of ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) speakers continue to increase.
The book will be of great interest to academics, researchers, and post-graduate students working in the fields of EFL and ESL.
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Why this book now?
Key Concepts in ESP
1 ELT: Past, present and future
2 ESP today
3 Conceptualising the discourse community
TAMAO ARAKI AND HAJIME TERAUCHI
4 Expanding the horizons of genre analysis
5 ELF (English as a lingua franca) in business
6 Assessing EAP (English for Academic Purposes)
7 ESP curriculum development via a systems approach
SAYAKO MASWANA AND AKIRA TAJINO
ESP in East Asia: Overview and Examples
8 EAP undergraduate curricula in Japan
YUKA IIJIMA, SACHI TAKAHASHI AND HIRONORI WATARI
9 ESP in South Korea
JIHYEON JEON AND YOONHEE CHOE
10 ESP/EAP in China
SHI JIE, LI LIWEN, CAI JIGANG AND DU JIANYING
11 EAP in Hong Kong
12 ESP/ESAP in Taiwan
ESP Practice: Suggestions from Japan
13 ESP in primary and secondary education
HIROSHI YAMADA AND SAYAKO MASWANA
14 ESP in university education
TOSHIYUKI KANAMARU, SACHI TAKAHASHI AND YUKA IIJIMA
15 EAP in postgraduate education
JUDY NOGUCHI AND MASAKO TERUI
16 ESP for tourism and hospitality
17 English for business purposes (EBP): A case study
HISASHI NAITO AND HAJIME TERAUCHI
18 Materials development for EBP
MASAKI YAMADA, HAJIME TERAUCHI AND KOSUKE MIKI
Epilogue: New horizons for ESP
HAJIME TERAUCHI, JUDY NOGUCHI AND AKIRA TAJINO
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.