The main objective of English for specific purposes is to prepare students to read and comprehend their own field materials in English without any or at least little difficulty.
What is 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
such as Medicine, Engineering, Theology, etc.
English for Occupational Purposes
such as English for secretaries, technicians, etc.
(EAP classes are available for closed groups and 1-1s. Please email the school for more information)
EAP - A Definition
EAP, short for English for Academic Purposes, is the English which is needed to start a college, university or research programme. It's mostly associated with preparation for undergraduate study ( pre-sessional courses, i.e. ones which take place before the study begins). To learn 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 abilities 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.
Academic English vocabulary
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 it 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|
|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|
(EOP classes are available for closed groups and 1-1s. Please email the school for more information)
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:
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
English for Military Purposes
English for the Oil Industry