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The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes

Brian Paltridge (Editor), Sue Starfield (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-33982-4
592 pages
August 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Featuring a collection of newly commissioned essays, edited by two leading scholars, this Handbook surveys the key research findings in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

• Provides a state-of-the-art overview of the origins and evolution, current research, and future directions in ESP

• Features newly-commissioned contributions from a global team of leading scholars

• Explores the history of ESP and current areas of research, including speaking, reading, writing, technology, and business, legal, and medical English

• Considers perspectives on ESP research such  as genre, intercultural rhetoric, multimodality, English as a lingua franca and ethnography

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction to the Handbook 1

1 The History of English for Specific Purposes Research 5
Ann M. Johns

Part I ESP and Language Skills 31

2 ESP and Speaking 35
Christine B. Feak

3 ESP and Listening 55
Christine C. M. Goh

4 ESP and Reading 77
Alan Hirvela

5 ESP and Writing 95
Ken Hyland

6 Vocabulary and ESP 115
Averil Coxhead

Part II Areas of ESP Research 133

7 English for Academic Purposes 137
Maggie Charles

8 English for Science and Technology 155
Jean Parkinson

9 English in the Workplace 175
Meredith Marra

10 Business English 193
Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini and Zuocheng Zhang

11 Legal English 213
Jill Northcott

12 Aviation English 227
Carol Lynn Moder

13 English for Medical Purposes 243
Gibson Ferguson

14 English for Nursing 263
Susan Bosher

15 Thesis and Dissertation Writing 283
Paul Thompson

16 English for Research Publication Purposes 301
John Flowerdew

Part III ESP and Pedagogy 323

17 Needs Analysis and Curriculum Development in ESP 325
Lynne Flowerdew

18 Genre and English for Specific Purposes 347
Brian Paltridge

19 ESP and Assessment 367
Dan Douglas

20 Technology and ESP 385
Joel Bloch

Part IV Research Perspectives and Methodologies in ESP Research 403

21 ESP and Corpus Studies 407
Hilary Nesi

22 ESP and Intercultural Rhetoric 427
Ulla Connor And William Rozycki

23 English for Specific Purposes and English as a Lingua Franca 445
Catherine Nickerson

24 Critical Perspectives on ESP 461
Sue Starfield

25 Gender and Race in ESP Research 481
Ryuko Kubota And Liz T. Chiang

26 Ethnographic Approaches to ESP Research 501
Dacia Dressen-Hammouda

27 Multimodality and ESP Research 519
Paul Prior

Conclusion to the Handbook

28 The Future of ESP Research: Resources for Access and Choice 535
Diane Belcher

Index 553

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Author Information

Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney. He is co-author of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language (with S. Starfield, 2007), Teaching Academic Writing (with L. Woodrow, D. Hirsh, A. Phakiti, H. Shen, L. Harbon, and M. Stevenson, 2009), and co-editor of New Directions in English for Specific Purposes Research (with D. Belcher and A. Johns, 2011).

Sue Starfield is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of The Learning Centre at the University of New South Wales. She is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal English for Specific Purposes, and co-author of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors (with B. Paltridge, 2007). 

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“Though this volume is intended for graduate students and teachers of TESOL and applied linguistics, the accessible style of the handbook appeals to a wider audience.  Overall, this book is an invaluable resource for teaching and research.”  (Discourse Studies, 18 November 2014)

“The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes would make an excellent addition to school or university collections.  It could also be an excellent textbook for a dedicated course on ESP in a teacher education program . . . The Handbook provides a broad overview of the field, with sections specifically oriented to teachers, administrators and/or teacher educators (‘ESP and language skills’, ‘ESP and pedagogy’), as well as to researchers (‘Areas of ESP research’, Research perspectives and methodologies in ESP research’).”  (English Australia Journal, 1 March 2013)

"English for Specific Purposes has undergone a process of diversification in the latest years. This volume provides a complete overview of today's ESP research, which makes it compulsory reading for any scholar in the field." – Inmaculada Fortanet Gómez, Universitat Jaume I

“This handbook is an excellent state-of-the-art survey of research in the field of English for Specific Purposes. As it is both authoritative and user-friendly, it is a precious reference work for both scholars and students.” – Maurizio Gotti, Università di Bergamo

“This excellent volume covers the latest scholarship, research methods, and teaching practices in various areas of ESP. The chapters provide in-depth and accessibly-written perspectives on how ESP intersects with genre analysis, discourse communities, corpus linguistics, multimodal texts, and critical pedagogy.”         – Sunny Hyon, California State University, San Bernardino

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