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The future of ESP studies: Christopher Williams, GERAS 2014

The future of ESP studies: Christopher Williams, GERAS 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

1. – the need for deeper engagement with non-linguistic fields of knowledge (medicine, law, engineering, economics etc.) and for more dialogue with practitioners operating in such fields in order to help us linguists to focus on the real issues of communication and text analysis in ESP contexts; 

2. – the importance of studying and teaching popularized forms of specialized discourse; 

3. – exploring (and exploiting) further the phenomenon of multimodality in relation to ESP studies; 

4. – the potential of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL / EMILE) as a tool for research and for language teaching methodology in the field of ESP; 

5. – the overriding need to ensure that future ESP studies focus on what is genuinely innovative, relevant, and interesting to readers and practitioners. In brief, how to avoid what John Sinclair once defined as ‘fishing expeditions’ often resulting from an over-reliance on corpora and statistics in general. 

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Des pistes pour la recherche et pour l'apprentissage-enseignement de l'anglais (des langues) pour objectifs spécifiques

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CLIL resources: articles, talks, online materials

CLIL resources: articles, talks, online materials | TELT | Scoop.it

The aim of this website is to provide a user-friendly free access database of resources for anyone wishing to learn more about CLIL. It is an ongoing project still in its early stages and will be regularly updated.

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Shona Whyte's comment, February 14, 2014 3:58 AM
Up to the minute references for research articles (full PDFs available) and talks (slides), as well as links to online CLIL materials.
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(In)compatibility of CLIL and ESP courses at university | González Ardeo 2013

(In)compatibility of CLIL and ESP courses at university | González Ardeo 2013 | TELT | Scoop.it

This paper deals with the current coexistence of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) courses in tertiary educational settings in the Basque Country. The University of the Basque Country (UBC) is immersed in an ongoing process of internationalization and, consequently, its language teachers are witnessing an unstoppable process of Anglicization. At present,
and presumably in the medium and long term, institutional decisions will continue to support CLIL in preference to ESP. In order to analyse this process within the UBC, quantitative data about these two linguistic approaches are gathered and compared with data from 2005. A questionnaire aimed at gathering the opinions of engineering students who currently take both types of courses is also used as a source of
qualitative data. The main conclusion of this exploratory study is that both types of courses seem to be compatible. However, language teachers, English-medium content teachers and students are facing a
tough challenge, since neither of the two types of course is a panacea.

Keywords: CLIL, ESP, internationalization of higher education, Anglicization, University of the Basque Country, questionnaire


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Is ESP killing CLIL? Via Christopher Williams in his keynote address to GERAS conference in Aix-en-Provence today. 

http://www.colloque.geras.fr/?q=node/22

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