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The main objective of English for Specific Purposes is to prepare students to read and comprehend texts/ articles/ material in their own field in English without any or at least little difficulty. 

ESP classes are available for closed groups and 1-1s.

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What is English for Specific Purposes - ESP?

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a branch of English Language Teaching, which in turn is divided into two main branches:

English for Academic Purposes - EAP

English for Occupational Purposes - EOP

English for Academic Purposes

such as Medicine, Engineering, History, Art etc.

English for Occupational Purposes

such as English for secretaries, technicians, health professionals etc.

English for Academic Purposes - EAP

EAP - A Definition

EAP, short for English for Academic Purposes, is the English which is needed for a college, university or research programme. It's mostly associated with preparation for undergraduate or postgraduate study and can be a pre-sessional course - before your university course begins or an in-sessional course - one that takes place while you are studying your university course. 

EAP students need to acquire a set of specific linguistic skills for communicating effectively in academic contexts. 

Who is this course for?

If you want to pursue higher education in a college or a university where programs are taught in English, you’ll need to demonstrate a certain level of EAP. One way to do this is to take an EAP course and complete an exam to receive a certificate indicating your language skills.

In addition to the focus on academic vocabulary, you’ll need to develop study skills like listening and reading for note taking, writing summaries and composing critical essays, presenting ideas, participating in debates and many other crucial skills for university study.

Our EAP classes include areas such as academic reading skills, listening and taking notes, writing summaries, justifying opinions, interpreting graphical information and writing essays. Learners may need specific preparation for an external test they will take to prove their ability to study in English, such as IELTS.

What will you learn?

  Academic English vocabulary

  Essay writing

  Reading for academic purposes

  Academic listening and speaking skills

 Not sure if you should take an Academic English Course?

The reason why you should study EAP is because you want to study or plan to study a specific subject in English. Being at university or college involves reading, speaking and most of all writing.  In EAP, there will almost always be a strong emphasis on study skills, in particular learner autonomy and critical thinking.

EAP vs. General English
Aspect EAP General English
Aims Meet the needs of particular learners Improves overall knowledge of English
Reason for study To study a certain subject, in order to enter university For personal or professional reasons
Course focus Needs driven Level driven
Time Short, fixed Extended, flexible
Skills focus Reading and writing All skills but predominately Listening and speaking
Approach Academic, genre based, objective Social/conversational, topic based, creative
Learning skills  Study skills, especially learner autonomy and critical thinking None, or limited to language learning skills

English for Occupational Purposes - EOP

EOP - A Definition

English for Occupational Purposes is a branch of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) and covers situations in which learners are studying English for work related reasons. The courses are based on an analysis of their specific communicative needs in their work.

Who is this course for?

​If you're working at an international company​ now or planning to in the future, there's a good chance you'll ​need to use English at some point. Our courses take a look at the essential things to look for ​when choosing an English course to help you with your work.

The courses are based on an analysis of their specific communicative needs in their work. For example, a waiter dealing with foreign clients might need to:

  • describe the content of dishes on the menu and the way they are cooked (It's pasta with seafood cooked in a white wine and cream sauce)
  • understand and respond appropriately to requests and orders (Can we have a bottle of the house white?)
  • ask about requirements (Would you like coffee?) etc.

What will you learn?

Our EOP courses will help ​you develop vocabulary ​and the ​communication skills necessary for specific jobs or work tasks. EOP courses can be :
English for Nursing
English for Shop-floor Staff
English for Accountants

Where communicative needs become more complex, the courses may become more specific, not aiming to deal with the full range of needs involved in the job, but just with one area.


Business English classes in particular, may focus on specific skills eg :

English for Sales Presentations
English for Business Reports
Negotiation Skills in English

Alternatively, the courses may focus on the more general needs of a specific industry :

English for Banking and Finance
Legal English
English for Military Purposes
English for the Oil Industry

One to One Timetable

One to One classes are tailormade courses created to help the needs of each individual student.

The timetable is flexible and classes take place on the school premises, however we can arrange lessons at your workplace.

Together with your teacher you will negotiate an individual learning plan that ensures that the course meets your needs and requirements.  

We can include elements of General English, Exam Preparation, Business English, or any other details you wish to study further.


  Individual Needs Analysis

  Personalised Syllabus

  Flexible timetable

  Enhance communication skills

  Student focus 

 Uninterrupted student-teacher time


Closed Groups

Lexis School of English organises closed groups for students who share common learning objectives.

Closed group courses are designed for students who arrive together, have the same level and the same goals. You have two syllabus options:

  1. A tailored made syllabus based on the students’ learning requirements, as long we received a group profile minimum 4 weeks prior to arrival. 
  2. Our own topic based Closed Group Programme.



  Group Needs Analysis

  Personalised Syllabus

  Flexible timetable

  Enhance communication skills

  Student focus 

  Uninterrupted student-teacher time


Social Programme 

If you wish we can organise leisure, cultural and social activities in advance according to your group’s preferences. This can be separately arranged; just ask to speak to our business development manager. 


Contact us

Since a Closed Group programme is tailor-made to your requirements, please contact us giving us details of start date, number of weeks/hours, number of students and their ages, number of accompanying teachers/group leaders, course requirements, accommodation and transfer details and any preferred activities, if applicable.


One to One Fees

Minimum booking 10 hours £45 per hour


Closed Group Fees

Please contact the school for a personalised quote

Lexis School of English