The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes

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Brian Paltridge, Sue Starfield
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 31, 2012 - Foreign Language Study - 592 pages
Featuring a collection of newly commissioned essays, edited by two leading scholars, this Handbook surveys the key research findings in the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

• Provides a state-of-the-art overview of the origins and evolution, current research, and future directions in ESP

• Features newly-commissioned contributions from a global team of leading scholars

• Explores the history of ESP and current areas of research, including speaking, reading, writing, technology, and business, legal, and medical English

• Considers perspectives on ESP research such as genre, intercultural rhetoric, multimodality, English as a lingua franca and ethnography


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ESP and Speaking
ESP and Listening
ESP and Reading
ESP and Writing
Vocabulary and
English for Academic Purposes
English for Research Publication Purposes
English for Academic Purposes
Needs Analysis and Curriculum Development in
Genre and English for Specific Purposes
ESP and Assessment
Technology and
ESP and Corpus Studies
ESP and Intercultural Rhetoric

English for Science and Technology
English in the Workplace
Business English
Where We Are
Legal English
Aviation English
English for Medical Purposes
English for Nursing
Thesis and Dissertation Writing
English for Specific Purposes and English as a Lingua
Critical Perspectives on
Gender and Race in ESP Research
Ethnographic Approaches to ESP Research
Multimodality and ESP Research
Resources for Access
Building Knowledge of

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About the author (2012)

Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney. He is co-author of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language (with S. Starfield, 2007), Teaching Academic Writing (with L. Woodrow, D. Hirsh, A. Phakiti, H. Shen, L. Harbon, and M. Stevenson, 2009), and co-editor of New Directions in English for Specific Purposes Research (with D. Belcher and A. Johns, 2011).

Sue Starfield is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of The Learning Centre at the University of New South Wales. She is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal English for Specific Purposes, and co-author of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors (with B. Paltridge, 2007).

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