EML527 English for Specific Purposes (8)

This subject provides an overview of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). It explores ESP as a field, theory, and method of second language teaching and learning. In particular, it examines the place of context, needs, resources, and assessment. It also invites students to reflect on ESP's implications in relation to their own experiences and practices.    

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML527. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand ESP's history and its role in second language teaching and learning;
  • be able to critique key concepts in ESP;
  • be able to understand main theories and principles in current ESP practice;
  • be able to have an in-depth knowledge of several ESP areas; and
  • be able to develop and review ESP curricula.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A brief history of ESP including its key concepts, theories, and principles
  • Main areas of ESP
  • ESP curriculum development and evaluation
  • Future directions of ESP


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.