Towards Various Aspects of Teaching Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) at Higher Education Institutions

Anna Tenieshvili


The objective of the present article is to consider such phenomenon as Language for Specific Purposes on example of the English language and discuss ways of integration of the course in curricula at higher education institutions. The importance of effective teaching of ESP course for formation of specialists of the specific fields in the era of globalization has also been considered in the article. The issues discussed within this topic are: review of existing ESP materials, design of ESP programs and syllabi, model of ESP teacher/instructor, importance of general English for mastering of ESP, significance of good knowledge of specific subjects by ESP learners, reference to language corpora for the purpose of illustration of terms usage, and application of modern online platforms, such as to facilitate learning process and increase learners’ motivation.

The main idea of the paper is to offer division of ESP into two classes: general ESP course and specific ESP course to make parallel with existing General Maritime English and Specific Maritime English courses. Such approach would be beneficial as it would give the learners general knowledge of terminology applicable to the entire field and then would enable students to acquire specific terminology of the related field.

The article is based on author’s teaching experience in the field of ESP and is aimed at improving ESP teaching and learning process and raising motivation and interest to ESP in the learners of special courses of English for different specialties.

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