road nature hand pathIf you’re like me, you’ve learned it’s necessary to plan ahead in the academic year. Already in November, I’m eyeing up January. Depending on your teaching context, this might be important because of end-of-term exams, a rush of new, New Year’s resolution students, or simply to make up for the December lull in income.

Whatever your teaching context, sometimes it’s important to get down to specifics. One field of ELT, called English for Specific Purposes, or ESP for short, has useful insights. In his book, Introducing English for Specific Purposes, Laurence Anthony describes ESP as having four pillars.

Anthony’s Four Pillars of ESP:

  1. Needs analysis
  2. Learning objectives
  3. Materials and methods
  4. Evaluation

While he might be getting specific with ESP, don’t these practices actually help all teachers be more successful?  We’d like to have your professional opinion.

  • Where do you get the information and make decisions about learners’ needs?
  • Do you choose learning objectives for a lesson or course? Or are they chosen for you?
  • What materials and teaching methods do you use? Why?
  • How do you evaluate students’ success, and your success?

This month at ELT Springboard, we’re looking at how the pillars of ESP can benefit and support teachers.  Please come and share! For some background on what ESP is, you can also watch this seven minute interview with Jeremy Day.

Come join us at  Tibits – Bern, Bahnhof (in the main station) at 8pm on Thursday 7th November and leave a comment below.

(THE PHOTO ABOVE IS FROM FOTER.COM)