English for specific purposes is centred on the needs of learners within their disciplines (Woodrow, 2017) and the past few years have seen a range of approaches and specialisms to course design and teaching under the banner of ESP. ESP practice holds many challenges including the need to stay relevant to the disciplines, the professions and the changing roles that students will play in their careers. This raises the question of what we should focus on in ESP teaching.
Building on the success of the EAP Tour in the late 2018, the HKCPD Hub is running a series of sessions on English for Specific Purposes. The ESAP Tour will provide a platform for colleagues from different university language centres to strengthen their expertise in ESP by sharing and reflecting on good practices.
Plan and format
During the sessions, participating teachers will learn how other centres design and teach their discipline-specific English courses, the issues they encounter, and effective strategies they have implemented. Each centre will share insights into one or two discipline courses they offer and there will be allotted time for Q&A and discussion.
As well as enhancing awareness of how ESAP is approached in other centres, these practical sessions will initiate conversation and sharing in order to sharpen ESAP practice across the spectrum of discipline-specific English courses offered in the university language centres.
Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome.
Venue: Room A302