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  1. 1. English for Specific Purposes By Hasan BİLOKCUOĞLU
  2. 2.  What is ESP?  What is not ESP?  ESP vs. EGP  Brief History  Needs  Needs analysis  Brief History  Absolute & Variable Characteristics of ESP  Needs & Needs Analysis  Approaches to Needs Analysis  TSA  LSA  PSA  Methods of Needs Analysis  Role of ESP Teachers  ESP Family Tree  Comics  References
  3. 3.  Shortly, ESP can be defined as the use of a particular variety of English in a specific setting of use which is justified towards the learners’ needs.  Some people describe ESP as simply being the teaching of English for any purpose that can be specified.
  4. 4.  ESP is not just a matter of teaching specialised varieties of English  ESP is not just a matter teaching of special vocabulary and grammar  ESP is not so different in kind from any other form of language teaching
  5. 5. 1. Learners ESP – specially designed for (working) adults EGP – specially designed for high school students 2. Aims ESP –the objective is to meet the needs of particular learners EGP – to improve overall English competence involving a range of skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocab, grammar, pronunciation etc)
  6. 6. 3. Concerns: sphere of interest ESP – to design suitable courses for different types of groups of learners in accordance with their needs. EGP – designing courses targeting at vocabulary work, spelling, grammar, pronunciation, language functions etc…
  7. 7. the emergence of ESP. The 3 Reasons: 1. Demands of the world after WW2 a) advancements in science, technology and commerce led to a requirement for a common language b) English became the language for technology and commerce c) After the Oil Crisis of the early 1970, Western money and knowledge had flowed into the oil-rich countries. Soon, the language of this knowledge became English
  8. 8. 2. A revolution in linguistics - New ideas began to emerge in the field of language as the demands for English was growing. - Language teaching shifted from focus on structure to focus on communication. - Linguists agnised that language differs from context to context and that there are fundemental differences in English for commerce and English for engineering. - They recognised that if language can change from situation to situation, then it ought be possible to set the characteristics of specific situations and then make those features the basis of the learners’ courses. - This then gave rise to an expansion of research in Eng for Sc and Tech and Eng for Business. - In brief, the English needed by a particular group of learners could be identified by analysing the linguistic characteristics of their specialist area of work or study. - ‘Tell me what you need English for and I will tell you the English
  9. 9. 3. Developments in educational psychology -The new developements in educational psychology led to the rise of ESP. - Learners are seen to have various requirements and interests, which have an impact on their motivation to learn and ,thus, on the effectiveness of their learning. - This resulted in the development of courses in relation to learners needs and interests. - The standard way of achieving this was to take texts from the learners’ specific area of study/work. - The anticipation is that the relevance of the English course to their needs would cause the learners’ motivation which would result in a better and faster learning.
  10. 10.  In short, the spread of ESP was then brought about by the combination of these three factors: the expansion of demand for English to meet particular needs and evolutions in the fields of linguistics and educational psychology.  All three factors underlines the need for specialisation in learning English.
  11. 11. Absolute Characteristics  ESP is all about to meet specific needs of the learners  ESP makes use of underlying methodology and activities of the discipline it serves  ESP is centred around the language suitable to these activities in terms of grammar, lexis, register, study skills, discourse and genre.
  12. 12. . in particular teaching settings, ESP may use a different methodology from that of General English  Likely to be assigned for adult learners  In general, the courses are designed for intermediate or advanced learners
  13. 13.  A 'need’ can be defined as a condition or situation in which something is required or wanted.  teachers should be aware of the requirements of the students towards learning the language before designing the curriculum  The term 'needs analysis’ in general refers to the activities that are involved in collecting info that will serve as the basis for developing a curriculum that will meet the needs of a particular group of students.  The concept of needs in ESP can be understood in relations to: a. goal-oriented needs (target needs): communication in the target situation. b. process oriented needs (learning needs): what the learner needs to do in order to learn.
  14. 14.  Target Situation Analysis (TSA)  Learning Situation Analysis (LSA)  Present Situation Analysis (PSA)
  15. 15. WHY IS LANGUAGE NEEDED? .for study .for work .for training .for a combination of these HOW WILL THE LANGUAGE BE USED? .Medium: speaking, writing, reading etc. Channel: e.g.: telephone, face to face ,e-mailing etc. Types of text or discourse: e.g.: academic text, lectures, catalogues etc. WHAT WILL THE CONTENT AREAS BE? .Subjects: e.g.: e.e. engineering, arch., business etc. Level: undergraduate, postgraduate, technician etc.
  16. 16. WHERE WILL THE LANGUAGE BE USED? .Physical Setting: e.g.: office, hotel, lecture theatre, workshop, library etc. .Human Context: alone, meetings, demonstrations, on phone etc. .Linguistic Context: e.g.: in own country, abroad. WHEN WILL THE LANGUAGE BE USED? .Concurrently with the ESP course.
  17. 17.  It involves all aspects of the teaching process, a variety of teaching methods and teaching the steps and so on, to conduct pre-planning, arranging and teaching situation in order to achieve teaching objectives.
  18. 18.  PSA could be positioned as a complement to Target Situation Analysis .  If TSA tries to establish what the learners are expected to be like at the end of the language course, Present Situation Analysis attempts to identify what they are like at the beginning of it.  The PSA can be carried out by means of established placement tests; however, the background info, level of education etc. can provide enough info about their present abilities which can thus be predicted to some extent.
  19. 19.  Tests  Questionnaires  Interviews  Observation  Case studies
  20. 20. i) The ESP practitioner as a teacher ii) The ESP practitioner as course designer or material provider iii) The ESP practitioner as researcher iv) The ESP practitioner as evaluator
  21. 21.  EOP (English for Occupational Purposes)  EAP (English for Academic Purposes)  Acronyms in ESP CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) EBP (English for Business Purposes) ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes) EGAP (English for General Academic Purposes) EMP (English for Medical Purposes) EOP (English for Occupational Purposes) EPP (English for Professional Purposes) EST (English for Science and Technology) EVP (English for Vocational Purposes) EWP (English for/in the Workplace)
  22. 22.  Putting into nutshell, ESP is not a different variety of English but it is a contextual and need base situation in which some specific purposes of language functions are gained.  English for Specific Purposes is not a different variety of English in its nature. In the sense of linguistic terminology ESP means, what learner needs in target situation or what he/she wants about this function of language usage or what his/her needs are according to his/her own views. Needs analysis is a process which is undertaken by trainers, teachers and course designers to ascertain the pre-requisites for developing a course along with its plan implementation.  In theory, ESP is not very different than EGP, nevertheless; in practise there is a great deal of difference between them.
  23. 23. Bhatia, V. J. (undated). Applied genre analysis and ESP. Available at: http://exchanges.state.gov/education/engteaching/pubs/BR/functionalsec 4_10.htm Brindley, G. (1989). The role of needs analysis in adult ESL program design. In: Johnson, R .K. (Ed). The second language curriculum (pp.63-78). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hutchinson, T., and Waters, A. (1987). English for specific purposes: A learning- centered approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Jordan, R. R. (1997). English for academic purposes: A guide and resource book for teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  24. 24. An ESP teacher 
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