English for Specific Purposes


  • Characteristics of ESP courses
  • English for Academic and Occupational Purposes
  • Curriculum Design
  • Workplace Communication
  • Terminology & Vocabulary
  • Materials & Textbook Design

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a learner-centered approach to teaching English as an additional language, and it focuses on developing communicative competence in a specific discipline such as: (1) Biology and Engineering, (2) Physics and Nanotechnology, (3) Mathematical and Computational Sciences, (4) Chemical Sciences and Engineering, (5) Agricultural Sciences, and (6) Geology. Said another way, ESP programs are related in content (themes and topics) to particular disciplines or occupations and students are exposed to real world communication practice.