15 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: Some previous language teaching experience is advisable

Aims/Description: This unit reviews the origins and development of ESP and its place in contemporary language teaching. It also explores the language and genres of ESP, and the methodological approaches and techniques characteristically employed in this branch of language teaching. A range of ESP teaching conditions are considered and illustrated: e.g. business English, medical English, English for Science and Technology, EAP. Particular attention is paid to the design of activities and tasks for the teaching of the language skills in ESP contexts.

Staff Contact: HOBBS VALERIE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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