English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Module code: ED7512

Module co-ordinator: Dr Pam Rogerson-Revell

Many individuals learn a language for a specific purpose, whether it is to communicate successfully in a particular business sector, such as banking, or in an academic environment, such as a university or in some other occupational context, such as air traffic control, telecommunications or the military. Teaching English to such individuals or groups requires a sound understanding of key concepts and approaches in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) including conducting needs analyses, designing targeted courses and using subject specific knowledge and content. This module will introduce you to these core concepts and frameworks and current debates and research in the field and enable you to apply this knowledge to the design and teaching of particular ESP courses.

Topics covered

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


150 hours over 20 weeks to include:

  • reading course materials; reading, watching and listening to required and recommended resources
  • engaging in online module activities / discussion forum
  • independent study
  • writing the module assignment



  • 3,000-word project


  • you can combine the assessment for this module and another option module in Block 4 (to be approved by your course tutor) into a 6,000-word project.