ESP is a controversial field and though the term is widely used it remains difficult to define neatly. This course traces the origins and development of ESP and its relationship to ELT in general. It examines the various defining characteristics of ESP that have been suggested in the literature and explores a variety of approaches to ESP course design and implementation. Consideration is given to the role of the ESP teacher and to methodology in ESP. An important contemporary concern is with the management of ESP programs.
The course will cover the following topics:
Introduction to ESP
What is ESP? The origins and development of ESP.
ESP Course Design
Approaches to ESP course design
The ESP syllabus - types and functions
Teaching Business English
EAP programme design
Materials and methods
The role of the ESP teacher