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Language for Specific Purposes Summer Institute

July 15 – 19, 2013 • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Language for specific purposes (LSP) courses and programs focus on developing learner communicative competence in a particular professional or academic field (e.g., Korean for business, Samoan for health care providers, etc.).

This local workshop will provide participants with training and experience in developing LSP courses (including doing needs analysis, setting goals and objectives, assessing, developing materials, teaching, and evaluating LSP) for their home institution. The workshop will be held at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa on O‘ahu and is co-sponsored by the UH National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and the National Resource Center - East Asia (NRCEA).



If you:

we encourage you to apply for this workshop. We accept applications from applicants from all islands of Hawai‘i, and we have some funding available to help support travel from neighbor islands.

If you or your department have been contemplating or actively building a number of LSP courses but could use some help, this summer institute workshop is for you!

Application & Registration

To become a participant, you must submit an application form online and be accepted into the workshop. The application deadline of March 31, 2013 has passed.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by April 15, 2013.

The workshop will take place from July 15-19, 2013 (M-F). There will be no registration fee for the workshop.

Expectations & Opportunities

Accepted participants are expected to develop some aspect of a real LSP course as part of this workshop. Selected projects will be published by the NFLRC as a Network (available online for teachers around the world).


The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. James Dean Brown (director and co-facilitator) and Dr. Thom Hudson (co-facilitator) from the UH Manoa Department of Second Language Studies. Logistics will be handled by NFLRC Program Coordinator Jim Yoshioka.


For questions about workshop content, please contact Dr. J.D. Brown. For questions about workshop applications or logistics, please contact Jim Yoshioka.