English for Specific Purposes

Authored by: Brian Paltridge , Sue Starfield

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138859814
eBook ISBN: 9781315716893
Adobe ISBN: 9781317508366


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A number of recent publications have looked at current and future directions in English for specific purposes (ESP) research. This includes Starfield and Paltridge’s (2014) paper in the Revue Française de Linguistique Appliqué, Starfield’s (2016) chapter in the Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching, and book chapters in Belcher’s (2009) English for Specific Purposes in Theory and Practice, Belcher, Johns and Paltridge’s (2011) New Directions in English for Specific Purposes Research, and Paltridge and Starfield’s (2013) Handbook of English for Specific Purposes. Trends that have been identified in these publications include a continued focus on genre, the use of corpora to carry out studies of ESP language use, the use and place of English as a lingua franca in ESP settings, the development of academic literacies, ESP and identity, and ethnographic approaches to researching specific purpose language use. Other topics that have been discussed include disciplinary language and ESP, context and ESP, ESP classroom-based research, needs analysis and ESP, and critical discourse analysis and ESP (see Belcher, Johns and Paltridge 2011 for chapters on these topics).

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