This week's new article (appearing later this afternoon) is by Nick Robinson, and explores methodologies for teaching English for Special Purposes. Here's a short extract: why not read the rest of the article in our Resources section and then join in the discussion below?
"Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) during the early part of my career, I soon fell into what felt like a nice routine for approaching new classes. Certain principles started to guide my teaching, principles that I came to through trial-and-error – a methodology of necessity that worked quite well.
An initial approach
Before each course, I’d carry out a quick needs analysis of my own devising. I’d then create a syllabus based on that analysis. I’d familiarize myself with the kind of discourse I was likely to encounter, e.g. technical vocabulary and concepts that I’d need to teach. I’d find authentic materials from newspapers and the Web to use in class."