LALS 521

Language for Specific Purposes

A study of the theory and practice of developing courses for adult learners with specific professional or academic purposes for learning a language. In particular, the course examines ways of understanding the specific purposes in detail through analysis of target communication, and how learning opportunities relevant to that target should be selected and managed in particular contexts of learning. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 20/11/15; withdrawal without Associate Dean (Students) approval by 19/1/16.

Taught by the School of Linguistics & Applied Language, part of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

This course is not offered in 2016.

15 points


Set Text

Basturkmen, Helen. 2010. Developing Courses in English for Specific Purposes. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Notes and articles will be made available via the Blackboard site.

Recommended Reading

The following books, which are relevant to the course, also provide useful background reading:

Basturkmen, H.  2006.  Ideas and options in English for Specific Purposes. London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Belcher, D. 2009. English for Specific Purposes in Theory and Practice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Douglas, D. 2000. Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dudley-Evans, T. & St John, M. J. 1998. Developments in English for Specific Purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Flowerdew, J. & Peacock, M.  (Eds.) 2001.  Research perspectives on English for Academic Purposes.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gavioli, L.  2005.  Exploring corpora for ESP learning.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Harwood, N. 2010. English Language Teaching materials: Teaching and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hyland, K. 2006. English for Academic Purposes: An Advanced Resource Book. New York:  Routledge.

Johns, A.M. 2002. Genre in the classroom. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Jordan, R. R. 1997. English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Long, M. 2005. (ed.) Second Language Needs Analysis. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Paltridge, B. and Starfield, S. (eds.) 2013. The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.
Swales, J. 1990. Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Course Outline Information

For FHSS and NZSM course outlines (current and previous years), please refer to the Course Outlines page on the FHSS website.