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English for specific Purposes: Course Content

ENG 434


  • To provide an overview of the history and development of ESP.
  • To make the students aware of the concepts such as: need analysis, developing, adapting and evaluating ESP material, teaching role, syllabus design and assessment techniques.


    The need for a lingua franca of science, technology, education, and business has led to the worldwide demand of English for Specific Purpose, (ESP).


  • It is hoped that by the time you complete this course using this manual, you will be able to: 
  • Define ESP
  • Discuss the origins of ESP and its development;
  • State the special characteristics of ESP programs and teaching materials;
  • Be equipped with theories and application examples of course design. 
  • Will go through curriculum and syllabus construction by doing an ESP course design project such as designing appropriate courses for specified groups of ESP learners 
  • Conduct analyses of the communicative and linguistic needs of specific groups of learners; 
  • Critically evaluate and select ESP teaching materials and methods and be able to conduct ESP course evaluation; 
  • Create original ESP teaching materials; 
  • Recommend methods of assessment and testing appropriate for specific ESP contexts and make connections between the relevant findings from discourse analysis, in particular from genre analysis, and the teaching of ESP discourse skills; 

Course Outline


  • Definition and Characteristics of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) 
  • Types and Reasons for the Evolution of ESP  
  • History and Phases in the Development of ESP 
  • Differences between (i) ESP and General English Programs
  • Ways of Training EFL Teachers for ESP Teaching 


  • Definitions of Course, Syllabus, ESP Curriculum and ESP Course/Syllabus Design; Types of Syllabus  
  • Factors Affecting ESP Course Design 
  • Approaches and Techniques for Needs Analysis; Principles for Analyzing Learners Needs    
  • Approaches to and Steps in ESP Course Design  


  • ESP Methods and Principles of Communicative Methodology 
  • Some Attributes of ESP Methodology 
  • Principles of Learning  


  • Material Production and Selection 
  • Using Authentic Material   
  • Material Evaluation     


  • Evaluation and Testing: Meaning, Effects and Purpose
  • Types and Functions of Evaluation and Testing


  • Meaning of Genre Analysis
  • Legal Language
  • Language of Journalism
  • Language of Science and Technology

Recommended Readings

  • Hutchinson, T., & Waters, A. (2006). English for specific purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kasper, L. F. (2000). Content-based college ESL instruction. NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates. (E-book also available in Sookmyung library).
  • Additional readings (to be obtained from Gwangmoonsa copy shop – next to Café Bene on the Sookmyung street)

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