Faculty of Arts


English for Specific Purposes


Considers theory and practice in developing language courses to meet the specific academic or work-related needs of adult learners. In particular, the course focuses on analysis of target communication, needs analysis, issues and methodologies in ESP and ESP research. The course uses the example of "English for Specific Purposes" but the topic is relevant to the teaching of other languages for specific purposes as well.

On completion of the course, participants should:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of ESP
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of needs analysis and analysis of specialist discourse 
  • Be familiar with critical perspectives, current issues and debates in the field 
  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to critically reflect on different approaches and issues in ESP course design

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Helen Basturkmen


Basturkmen, H. (2010) Developing courses in English for specific purposes (Routledge


LANGTCHG 754: 15.0 points

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