ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES: TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies, 10, Plakhotogo Str., Novosibirsk, 630108, Russia
Keywords: English for specific purposes, Needs Analysis, Teaching Methods, Selection of Materials, Development of Manuals, Didactic Approaches
Abstract. In the era of globalization, English communication for scientists and engineers whose native language is not English has become as important as their major related abilities. The paper describes the results of a four-year experience in the development of English for specific purpose manuals in the field of photogrammetry, interferometry, and GNSS technologies, as well as key teaching methods and didactic approaches used in class and out-of-class activities. The focus of the present study is to provide a detailed description of the development and systematic updating of a relevant manual, aimed at professional language training of learners. The findings of the study reflect the importance of an ESP course for scientists and engineers: conducting a needs analysis for carrying out a specific search of relevant and reliable authentic materials, defining proper teaching methods, software and didactic approaches used in the educational process to develop the language skills necessary to be active and contributive players in the competitive world.