Research on Chinese ESP Teaching and Practice

Qing-feng SHEN


If you have had previous experience as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), your first question on receiving your current assignment to teach ESP may be: "How is ESP different from EFL?" The major difference between ESP and EFL lies in the learners and their purposes for learning English. ESP students are adults who already have some familiarity with English and are learning the language in order to communicate a set of professional skills and to perform particular job-related functions. An ESP program is therefore built on an assessment of purposes and needs and the functions for which English is required.


ESP, Teacher, Student


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