Tag Archives: English for Specific purposes

Writing with Attitude: A Review of a Corpus-Driven Analysis of Stance Expression in Learner and Professional Dentistry Research Reports (Published)

It is universally acknowledged that academia requires certain professional standards when it comes to writing, and because not all disciplines focus on teaching and learning English for Specific Purposes (ESP), some writing pieces do not make sense or create a meaningful purpose for the readers. Medical students, for instance, are a good example of this stated argument, as most of them often lack the proper skills required for academic writing. It is of paramount importance to know how to write proper, academic English since academic writing is mainly offered as a pre-requisite or a ticket to any employment, promotion and/or enculturation to the profession. Little attention has been given to medical research reports as well as stance-making and writing with attitude in the medical prose. Luckily, this paper aims at reviewing an article mainly focusing on the dentistry discipline, and how dentistry undergraduates often struggle whenever it comes to writing in this research genre. The article being reviewed is by Peter Crosthwaite, Lisa Cheung, and Feng (Kevin) Jiang entitled, “Writing with attitude: Stance expression in learner and professional dentistry research reports.” It has been published in the Journal of English for Specific Purposes by Elsevier publications, and was officially available online on March 4th, 2017. Using a corpus-driven approach, this study highlights how both undergraduate students of dentistry and professional practitioners epistemologically and rhetorically display the findings of their written reports and how the meta-discourse used for these functions emphasizes students’ awareness and engagement with disciplinary specificity of writing in dentistry. It explores how writers express themselves and their professional thoughts in their research reports. Such expressions include stance in academic writing, evidentiality, attitude, and presence, as well as more focus on enculturation into the profession; as in English in the dentistry discipline.

Keywords: Corpus Linguistics, English for Specific purposes, contrastive interlanguage analysis, dentistry, learner corpus, review paper, stance expressions

Communicative Competence in English as a Foreign Language: Its Meaning and the Pedagogical Applications for Its Development (Published)

This study aims to describe the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes within the Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Monastir, Tunisia. In order to explore the attitudes of learners in this institution, a questionnaire was adopted. Scrutiny of the results shows that an overwhelming majority of these students are motivated to study English but there are some constraints related to time-table and the use of information and communication technology. Ultimately, this study aims to improve the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes in the Tunisian higher education.

Keywords: English for Specific purposes, Information and Communication Technology, Learners‟ attitudes, Motivation

Students’ Perceptions of Esp Courses: The Case Of The Preparatory Institute For Engineering Studies Of Monastir, Tunisia (Published)

This study aims to describe the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes within the Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Monastir, Tunisia. In order to explore the attitudes of learners in this institution, a questionnaire was adopted. Scrutiny of the results shows that an overwhelming majority of these students are motivated to study English but there are some constraints related to time-table and the use of information and communication technology. Ultimately, this study aims to improve the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes in the Tunisian higher education.

Keywords: English for Specific purposes, Information and Communication Technology, Learners‟ attitudes, Motivation

Smart Phones in ESP Classes: Redefining the Powers of ‘Humanware’ (Published)

Most teachers and professors are fed up disallowing the use of smart phones in the English language classroom. Therefore, serious efforts should be made to disengage from this useless battle by engaging students in classroom tasks that integrate these powerful tools for a better digitalization of class content and an optimization of learning outcomes. Observed patterns of participant students’ answers and investigation of different classroom practices show that a big majority of students reportedly believe that the use of smart phones broadens learning opportunities, and allows learners to benefit more in the classroom when smart phones’ use is monitored to meet class content and objectives. The Chi-square test outcomes show that there are no factors that determine smart phone good learning practices. A well-trained teacher (with or without mobile technology) can always make a difference in the language classroom.

Keywords: Digitalization of Class Content, English for Specific purposes, Smart Phones

Students’ Perception on Teaching and Learning English for Mathematics: The Vietnamese Case Study (Published)

This study examines the importance of studying English for Mathematical Purposes (EMP) to students in the Department of Mathematics by arguing the result of a survey which uses a questionnaire to ask for the ideas and opinions of the students of Math Department. To summarize and propose the result, our statistical method is using SPSS to process primary information gathered from researching objects. It will help us with descriptive statistics and statistical analy00sis and making synthesis tables, statistical reports based on the information gathered from the questionnaire. This statistics is the reliable basis for our study.

Keywords: EMP, ESP, English for Mathematical Purposes, English for Specific purposes

Students’ Perceptions of ESP Courses: The Case of the Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Monastir Tunisia (Published)

This study aims to describe the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes within the Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Monastir, Tunisia. In order to explore the attitudes of learners in this institution, a questionnaire was used. Scrutiny of the results shows that an overwhelming majority of these students are motivated to study English but there are some constraints related to time-table and teaching aids. Ultimately, this study aims to improve the educational situation of English for Specific Purposes in Tunisian higher education.

Keywords: Audiovisuals., EFL, ESL, English for Specific purposes, Learners‟ attitudes, Motivation