Global Resources in ESP: Considering the Integration of Language and Content

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

As an educator, I find it helpful to become familiar with important approaches to language learning that may not be considered “principled ESP” but that sometimes may be related. Therefore, I would like to share with you two resources that provide insight into content in ESP and CLIL (content-and-language-integrated learning).

First, I came across an article by Alan Jones at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, that deals with how writing is involved in (as Alan explained to me) “learning and understanding and (sometimes) opening up new insights.” The article, which was originally a keynote address, contains interesting (for ESPers) sections on EAP, content in ESP, and content-based language instruction.

Jones, A. (2011). Embedding English in the tertiary curriculum: Engaging with content through writing. In Zhongshe Lu, Weimin Zhang, & Aaron Crippen (Eds.), Issues in English Language Teaching and Learning at Tertiary Level. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Alan, who has published extensively on the integration of language and content, also brought to my attention The Handbook on LICI – the latest version of CLIL – which is considered to be a “very progressive field of research in Europe.” LICI stands for language in content instruction.

Check out the publications, and I’ll see you soon!


About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (doctoral candidate in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is Chair of the ESP IS (2011-2012) and will become Immediate Past Chair (2012-2013). He teaches English for specific purposes (ESP), business, and organizational leadership in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career Program) and the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. He has over 25 years of experience during which he has worked for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research is on leadership communication and development.
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