ESP for Teachers of Technical Disciplines


English for Specific Purposes for Teachers of Technical Subjects prepares teachers to use English while teaching students in professional environment. After completing the course they will be able to acquire second language in specialized contexts, conduct their own needs analysis and design a syllabus according to the needs of their students, develop and evaluate the curriculum, prepare materials. In addition, the course encourages teachers of technical subjects to submit scientific articles to various international journals, participate in international conferences, prepare and deliver lectures in English, find and maintain co-operation with colleagues abroad having the same professional or vocational interests.

Major Aims

  • to develop an understanding about the factors that are leading to the involving of English into teaching professional technical subjects;
  • to assist teachers develop needs assessments and materials analyses for specific groups of learners;
  • to provide guidelines to adapt or create authentic materials in a chosen professional or occupational area and to critically evaluate currently available materials, including technology-based ones;
  • to become knowledgeable about developing course and lesson plans in their professional or occupational area;
  • to assist teachers in preparing a syllabus, glossary, lesson plan based upon their needs and professional areas;
  • to help and encourage teachers to revisit and further develop their English language skills
  • to create opportunities for teachers to share, discuss and try out ideas, techniques and teaching materials in their specialities with the use of the English language
  • to provide teachers with key strategies and the skills for professional self-development using authentic sources (special literature, Web etc.)
  • to enable teachers to explore individually areas of personal and professional interests

Pre Requisites

Entry test for Intermediate Level or Preparatory courses (elementary & pre-intermediate levels), DL Server (www.dl.sibsau.ru)

Post Requisites

Certification Examination of SibSAU (FCE level)

Module Team

Anna Voroshilova, Dean of Humanities Faculty, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Elena Astapenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Business Foreign Language, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Topic areas

  1. Global English (introduction to English as a global language, the value of the global English market, discussion on ways of using English at special subjects)
  2. Education Systems (education system of Russia compared to education systems of English speaking countries, titles and responsibilities of faculty in different countries)
  3. EAP: reading (skimming, scanning, intensive and extensive reading skills)
  4. EAP: writing (formal letters, e-mails, articles, abstracts, annotated bibliography, citation, plagiarism)
  5. Presentation skills (structure, presenting tables, graphs and charts, answer and question session, presentation language, visual aids, presentation in the sciences)
  6. Syllabus Exploration and Materials Potential (Qualities and roles of ESP teacher. Personality Quiz. Learning strategies. Syllabus design framework. Materials development. Authentic or home-made?)
  7. Professional development (IT in teaching. The term “Intercultural Communication”, basic principles. Application for international conferences (accompanying documentary and actions). Participation in international grants and projects (search, application, documentation)
  8. Reflection on the course. Final project. Evaluation.

ClosureCourse books

1) Blue, G. M. (Ed.). (1993). Language, learning and success: Studying through English. London: Macmillan.

2) Flowerdew, J. (Ed.). (1994). Academic listening: Research perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

3) Hutchinson, T. & Waters, A. (1987). English for specific purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

4) Jordan, R. R. (1997). English for academic purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

5) Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2000). English in today's research world. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

6) ESP Teacher Development Course: Participant’s book. – St. Petersburg, 2005.


  1. needs analysis plan (10%)
  2. glossary of subject terminology (20%)
  3. syllabus design plan (10%)
  4. sample lesson plan (10%)
  5. reflection paper on materials selection (10%)
  6. final project (20%)
  7. giving a presentation (20%)
h3>DEVELOPERS OF THE ESP for Teachers of Technical Disciplines
Anna A. Voroshilova, Dean of Humanities Faculty, Candidate of Sciences, Associate Professor


 Siberian State Aerospace University


VII -th International



Practical Conference


"Modern trends in foreign languages teaching  

at higher education institutions"

with edited volume publication

Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

14 of May, 2013



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