English for Specific Purposes: Traditions and Practices in Language Teaching

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
05 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MA QX13JS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Module description

This module is designed to engage students in the current debates and practices within the broad field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The module will explore questions such as 'what is ESP and who teaches it?" "Is English for Academic Purposes the same as ESP?' It will explore the connections between such fields as EAP, Discourse Analysis and use of Copora in ESP. We will look at the ways in which these areas of the field of English Language Teaching have emerged and developed over time and across educational contexts. and explore the different academic traditions from which these approaches draw. This module will be of interest to students wishing to expand their knowledge and professional practice within ESP as well as students new to this aspect of the field.

Module aims

The main aims this module are:
1) to introduce students to the broad field of ESP and the branches of ELT that come under the umbrella of ESP
2) to familiarise students with the dominant discussions and debates within ESP
3) to explore the different schools of thought and practice within ESP
4) to explore the different ways in which theories of ESP are applied and taken up in practice

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate and assess some of the key debates and discussions within ESP
2. Discuss approaches to ESP and locate them within the broader traditions of the field
3. Evaluate themes and topics with respect to practice
4. Demonstrate that they can apply the themes and topics with respect to practice

Module information


Learning and teaching methods

All materials will be made available to students in advance of the class for students to be able to prepare in advance and will be available via listen again. The reading lists draw from writers in a wide range of contexts and students are encouraged to read around and select materials that are of direct interest and which may be published in languages other than English. The nature of the content is such that it allows for students to bring their own experiences and identities to the topics and discussions


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay Based Project (3000 Words)    100% 

Additional coursework information


Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Yuchen Zong, email: yuchen.zong@essex.ac.uk.
Yuchen Zong



External examiner

Dr Petra Schoofs
University of Birmingham
Dr Troy McConachy
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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