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 (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
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