English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Module code: EN7512

This module aims to explore the key areas of ESP and examine their applications to specific learning contexts. It will consider the development and status of ESP, and its sub areas, within the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It will also explore the role, methods, application and evaluation of needs analysis within ESP and the importance of course evaluation and  material design within ESP.

The module will allow you to examine the roles and relationships of teachers and learners in ESP settings. You'll examine the specific domains of English for business purposes (EBP) and English for academic purposes (EAP) while considering their importance within ESP and TESOL.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to ESP
  • Needs analysis
  • Approaches to ESP course design
  • English for Business Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Implementing ESP


  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of project supervision
  • 138 hours of guided independent study


  • Assignment, 3,000 words (100%)


With the prior agreement of the module leader(s) the assessment for two option modules may be combined in a single submission of 6,000 words.