Towards a New Paradigm for English Language Teaching: English for Specific Purposes in Asia and Beyond

1st Edition

Hajime Terauchi, Judy Noguchi, Akira Tajino

November 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 206 Pages - 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138389342 - CAT# K399444
Series: Routledge Research in Language Education


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This book proposes a new paradigm for English language teaching based on concepts from English for Specific Purposes (ESP) research and applications as well as from growing evidence relating pattern recognition to language learning ability. The contributors to the volume argue that learners should not try to become proficient all-around users of ‘idealistic native-like’ English, but instead should be realistic about what they need to acquire and how to go about achieving their specific goals.

The book discusses the present situation by describing the status quo of English language education in Japan, taking into consideration recent trends of CLIL (content and language integrated learning), EMI (English medium instruction), and TBLT (task-based language teaching) as well as the work done on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It introduces new movements in ESP in Japan and in other Asian regions, covering topics ranging from genre analysis to corpus linguistics, and presents application examples of ESP practice in a range of educational situations in Japan from the graduate school level to elementary and middle school contexts. It also offers readers application examples of ESP practice in a range of business settings and expands the discussion to the global sphere where EAP and ESP are gaining importance as the number of ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) speakers continue to increase.

The book will be of great interest to academics, researchers, and post-graduate students working in the fields of EFL and ESL.

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