Review of the book: Towards a New Paradigm for English Language Teaching. English for Specific Purposes In Asia and Beyond (2020), London/New York: Routledge. 246 pp., ISBN: 978-1-138-38934-2 (HBK); 978-1-032- 08557-9 (HBK); 978-0-429-42396-3 (EBK)

Hassan Mohebbi, Maryam Barghamadi

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Abstract

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a language teaching approach that focuses on the essential language, genres, and abilities to address learners’ goals and needs in specific situations (Anthony, 2018). ESP has a strong connection with discourse communities (Swales, 1990), a prerequisite for successful communication in specific contexts. It emerged in the 1960s, mainly as a reaction to the growing globalisation of world trade and English as a lingua franca (ELF) (Anthony, 2018; Upton, 2012).Since then, it has held a unique place in developing theoretical and contemporary language teaching practice due to its adherence to language training that attends to learners’ particular purposes for learning English (Hyland & Jiang, 2021). One salient trend in ESP research has been its dramatic increase in both ESP research journals (Basturkmen, 2021) and resources (e.g. Kenny, Işık-Taş, & Jian, 2020) from the countries outside the European and American contexts (e.g. Fortanet &Räisänen, 2008; Paltridge & Starfield, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalESP Today Journal of English for Specific Purposes at Tertiary Level.
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • book review
  • English for specific purposes
  • discourse
  • English learning
  • English language teaching
  • Asia

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