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Professional English in the European Context: The EHEA Challenge

Linde López, Ángeles / Crespo Jiménez, Rosalía (eds)

Professional English in the European Context: The EHEA Challenge

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 109

Year of Publication: 2010

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 374 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0088-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.540 kg, 1.190 lbs

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Book synopsis

More than ever, professional English is now cruising towards an enormous challenge in the European university context due to the extremely significant moment we are living in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The European convergence process is demanding immediate reflections, serious analyses, and profound reforms in specialized language teaching that lead to reach Bologna standards by 2010.
This book aims to present an overview of professional English in the current academic landscape in Europe. It intends to shed light on a range of issues, both theoretical and practical, related to ESP, focusing on discourse analysis, corpus analysis, information and communication technologies, methodological approaches, curriculum design, and empirical research into language learning in broad terms. Because teachers need to be researchers and inquirers, this overview thus makes a contribution to the professional English field with the purpose of highlighting several important questions in the entire ESP academic mainstream. Scholars from different European universities explore specialized languages and document ESP teaching methodologies at university levels from a multidimensional perspective.


Contents: Ángeles Linde López: Introduction and overview – Silvia Bernardini/Adriano Ferraresi/Federico Gaspari: Institutional academic English in the European context: a web-as-corpus approach to comparing native and non-native language – Maria Kuteeva: Learner perceptions of online collaboration across cultures: using Wikis in ESP courses in Portugal and in Sweden – Ángel Felices Lago: Teaching and research in Business English: a descriptive approach to the Spanish context – Mª Luisa Pérez Cañado: Adapting professional English to the EHEA: the case of English for Tourism – Mª Isabel Balteiro Fernández: Foreign words in the English of textiles – Ana Bocanegra-Valle: Global markets, global challenges: the role of Maritime English in the shipping industry – Miguel Ángel Campos-Pardillos: Going beyond the obvious in English for Legal Purposes: a few remarks on International Legal English as a Lingua Franca in Europe – Rosalía Crespo Jiménez: Describing Science texts: identifying multi-worded terms on the basis of their collocational behaviour – Pascual Pérez-Paredes: Ontologies and the study of Legal English – Carmen Sancho Guinda: A three-level multidimensional approach to Aeroenglish: distinctive features and professional uses – Marta Aguilar/Cláudia Barahona: An analysis of engineering students’ perceptions after developing a collaborative technical writing project – Ángeles Linde López: A study of perceptions of English interlanguage pragmatics in the ESP context – Ana Martínez Vela: Motivation in English language learning for future use in a specific professional field – Jean Stephenson/Elaine Hewitt: Foreign language anxiety in Spanish students of English for Professional Purposes: its relationships with self-assessed levels, with expectations of success, and with actual performance in the four skills.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Ángeles Linde López is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and German Philologies of the University of Granada where she lectures on language skills for EAP, foreign language methodology and testing. She has been involved in Doctorate and Master Courses for many years. Her research concerns pragmatics, English for Specific Purposes, language testing, and reading material design. She has published several articles and co-edited several books on various aspects of her research interests.
Rosalía Crespo Jiménez is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Granada where she lectures on English for Special Purposes particularly on Building/Architecture specialized English as a foreign language. Her research interests focus on Corpus linguistics, English for Special Purposes, Paremiology and quite recently on the poetic of space. She has published several books and articles on all these referred topics. She has directed and coordinated several innovative teaching and methodological research projects.


«(...) ‘Professional English in the European Context: the EHEA Challenge’ is highly recommendable not only to understand the challenge that European University as a whole is facing at the moment, but also as a useful collection of empirical experiences for those engaged in ESP teaching. Hence, the book fully attains its goal of both presenting theoretical basis and practical experience on ESP in the new European Higher Education scenario as derived from the implementation of the Bologna process. It is a welcome and useful addition to the growing set of published materials on the new EHEA. Thus, it is unquestionably timely and pertinent.» (Angela Alameda Hernández, Journal of English Studies)


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