1st Edition

Vocabulary and English for Specific Purposes Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives

ISBN 9781138963139
Published September 21, 2017 by Routledge
200 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides an important contribution to the study of vocabulary and its relationship to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) research and teaching.

Focussing on quantitative and qualitative approaches, this book draws on a wide range of literature to explores key issues that include: how to identify and categorise specialised vocabulary; and the role and value of word list research in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and ESP. This book features:

  • An analysis of material in a range of different contexts that include secondary school education, pre-university and university-based education, professional and occupational ESP, and the trades.
  • inclusion of many examples of specialised vocabulary from research in Aotearoa/New Zealand and from many other areas in the world.
  • a review of the application of vocabulary research to professional and pedagogical practice
  • suggestions for future directions for research.

Written by a leading researcher, Vocabulary and English for Specific Purposes Research provides key reading for those working in this area.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Approaches to identifying specialised vocabulary for ESP

Chapter Three: The role and value of word list research for ESP

Chapter Four: Multi-word units and metaphor in ESP

Chapter Five: Specialised vocabulary in secondary school/middle school

Chapter Six: Pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate vocabulary

Chapter Seven: Specialised vocabulary research and the professions

Chapter Eight: Vocabulary in the trades

Chapter Nine: Vocabulary research and ESP: Curriculum, classroom tasks and materials design and testing

Chapter Ten: Future directions and conclusion

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Averil Coxhead is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


"By bringing together work in such diverse areas and emphasising a range of research approaches and foci, Coxhead gives us a birds-eye view of the field which both enables broader patterns to emerge and will provide most readers with new insights and inspiration."

- Philip Durrant, University of Exeter, TESOL Quarterly