‘English for Specific Purposes and Its Impact: Some Focal Points for the Language Practitioners’ by Dr M Saravanapava Iyer

Abstract

In the field of English as a Second Language (ESL), there has been a shift in recent times from intrinsic motivation to extrinsic factors relevant to language learning. Only a few language scholars advocate that learning English language is intellectually beneficial or learners attempt to master English language to understand the native culture and mingle with the native speakers. Many scholars claim that currently English as a second language is learnt for varieties of purposes because English is used in numerous domains; for example, IT field, playground, professions, administrations, e-markets, e-advertisements, politics, cinemas and media alternating consciously or unconsciously with the L1. The use of English everywhere has been expanding with globalization; therefore it is essential to that the English language curriculum and teaching approach need to be changed to keep pace with the dynamic process of globalization. With this fresh tendency, in the field of ESL, teaching and learning programme of English for Specific Purpose (ESP) has gained attractiveness. The primary aim of this article is to provide appropriate awareness and insights for all the language practitioners; this deeper level understanding is expected to help teachers to conduct smooth and successful teaching and learning English  programme; this is also expected to guide the curriculum designers to form a suitable curriculum for any ESP courses.

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