Enhancing technical vocabulary knowledge in ESP courses

Daskalovska, Nina (2011) Enhancing technical vocabulary knowledge in ESP courses. Professional and Academic English (38). pp. 24-27.

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The world is getting smaller every day due to technological advances and increased communication in every sphere of human life. English has become lingua-franca of business, science and technology and all kinds of communication in almost every part of the world. This implies that mastering the English language is an essential prerequisite for students and professionals of every field. Thus, after learning the first 2,000-3,000 most frequent words, the primary goal of ESP learners is the acquisition of technical vocabulary of the field they are specializing in. However, ESP courses are usually taught by ELT teachers who have not been trained to teach ESP in all possible specialized fields. Thus, teaching technical vocabulary may be a difficult task for teachers because of the lack of background knowledge of the particular field and lack of technical vocabulary. This paper argues that teachers can help their students acquire the technical vocabulary they need by devising activities that learners can do on their own or in cooperation with their peers. It describes an activity that has been tried out and proved successful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Nina Daskalovska
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 09:09
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 09:09
URI: http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/240

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