Foreign language teaching for specific purposes: basic aspects


  • Svitlana Grynyuk National Aviation University 1 Kosmonavta Komarova ave., Kyiv, Ukraine, 03058, Ukraine



English for Specific Purposes, ESP definition, ESP evolution, ESP teaching objectives, ESP teacher, ESP teaching and learning, ESP course


The present article is an attempt to understand, analyse and provide an overall picture on basic aspects of English for Specific Purposes: its definition, scope, historical background, characteristics, types and aims. It also discusses the ESP teaching objectives, the role of ESP teacher and the training process to become an ESP teacher, the purpose of an ESP course and an ESP program.

We see a clear rationale, amongst the variety of contradicting views on ESP policy, in coming to an agreement finally that ESP is the teaching of English to the learners who have specific goals and purposes: professional, academic or scientific.

The article analyses the main roles and functions of teachers of foreign languages for specific purposes. It outlines the general tasks and responsibilities of higher education teachers whose professional activity is multispectral and multifunctiona; it also analyses the ESP courses and their specific features

Author Biography

Svitlana Grynyuk, National Aviation University 1 Kosmonavta Komarova ave., Kyiv, Ukraine, 03058

Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, associate Professor

Department of Foreign Philology


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Pedagogical Education