The Research-Practice Interface in English for Specific Purposes: Past, Present and Future
This book reflects the state-of-the-art in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) research, drawing on both top-down and bottom-up practices and methodological itineraries. In order to fill some of the gaps in the current literature, it provides well-grounded and thorough investigations into discursive practices in academic, workplace and intercultural settings, throwing light on the specific varieties of language used to achieve professional targets.
Teachers have to act as an interface between theory and praxis, bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace to create a dynamic virtuous circle. The multi-perspective and multi-method frameworks presented in this volume range from quantitative corpus-based techniques integrated with discourse analysis to analyses of what occurs in the classroom informed by English language teaching (ELT) educational theories and notions regarding language acquisition, motivation, learning styles and instructional contexts. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches to the theory-practice dyad provide the opportunity to obtain a closer view of the subject from both ends of the spectrum and can prompt fresh initiatives by all those working within the domain of ESP.
This book, therefore, offers a cutting-edge account of some of the latest avenues in research and practice which will be of interest to scholars and university teachers of ESP, as well as scholars in the field of applied linguistics.
Judith Turnbull is Associate Professor of English Linguistics and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her research interests include discourse analysis, specialist languages, intercultural communication and translation studies, especially in the fields of economics and law.
Renzo Mocini is Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he teaches Medical English. His major interests include language teaching methodology, ESP, corpus linguistics, functional grammar and narrative semiotics.
Ersilia Incelli is Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Faculty of Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interests lie in English for specific purposes (ESP) teaching, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics applied to specialized genres in the fields of business, intercultural, and professional discourse.
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