A collaborative esp

‘engineering specific purpose’ of workplace english

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Abstract

Language practitioners at higher learning institutions are confronted with the dilemma on how to bridge the gap of English taught in the classroom and English in the world of work, and to understand the relationship between English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classroom practices against professional discourses, and professional practices. This paper deliberates on the approach and practices of the ESP teaching and learning in engineering the ‘English’ for workplace for engineering students at a higher learning institution in Malaysia. The method adopted is the investigation of the faculty needs and the course syllabus that are triangulated with student and instructor reflections. It highlights the approach to adopt an ESP collaborative syllabus that considers the specific needs of the students through a content analysis of their written reflection of the course in general and the focus on the project evaluation that should contribute to the potential characteristics of an ESP classroom. It draws one’s attention to the understanding of ESP in a non-native English tertiary context and to the bridging of an English class for engineers to the demands and needs of real world Engineering English.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-30
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Institutional Research South East Asia
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Engineering
  • ESP Collaboration
  • Higher Learning Institution
  • Language Practices
  • Workplace English

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  • Education

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