‘Recent Developments in ESP and its challenges’ by Rashmi Rekha Borah


Language-centered and learning-centered approaches to course design are the outcome of the final reason of origin of ESP, which believe in the principle that learning is totally determined by the learners. Teaching English language is a great profession nowadays. However, it does not always carry success stories. What the learners need to learn when they set out on the task of learning the English language? Is using technology which is the trend now in ELT would suffice the need of the students in a country like India. The teaching and learning process has been affected by the fast development in science, economy and technology (internet communications tools) and of course from increasing contact with the whole world. That is why the significance of English is growing, it is emerging to be the international language.  ESP has come up with lots of developments over the years recent being the technology enhanced learning. The focal point has been shifted from the teacher to the learner. In ESP online learning is seen as a complement and extension of classical forms of learning. However the paper revolves around the fact that not even the best online course can fully replace the personal contact with a teacher, or the human relationships that develop in a group. So, online learning can facilitate traditional learning but cannot replace or eliminate the teacher for the all-round development of the learner as far as enhancing the language skills of the learners are concerned.

Index Terms: ESP, English Language Teaching.

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