Developing Courses in Languages for Specific Purposes

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The goals of most foreign language (FL) instruction in higher education within the United States are built around three main components: (a) the acquisition of the knowledge of language skills for general communication use; (b) exposing learners to other cultures and ideas; and (c) fostering an appreciation of differences in cultures and ways of thinking. While each of these are certainly noble outcomes and likely meet the needs of the majority of university level FL learners, they remain quite broad in terms of what it is a learner will actually be able to do with the language once they have left the classroom. This is especially true for those of us faced with learners who have specific and sometimes immediate language needs that require more than generalized or dispositional knowledge alone. For these learners, Language for Specific Purposes courses provide an invaluable alternative or supplement to general language courses.  

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Chapter 1: An Overview of Language for Specific Purposes  | Jonathan Trace, Thom Hudson, & James Dean Brown

Part 1: Language for Medical Purposes

Chapter 2: Mandarin for Nursing Students | Wei Lai
Chapter 3: Basic Arabic for Healthcare Professionals | Sara Hillman
Chapter 4: Polish for Health Personnel | Anna Szawara
Chapter 5: Home Care Worker Training for ESL Students | Kendi Ho

Part 2: Language for Business Purposes

Chapter 6: Developing Business Korean Curriculum for Advanced Learners in an | American University | Hee Chung Chun
Chapter 7: Mandarin Chinese for Professional Purposes for an Internship Program in a Study 
Abroad Context | Kunshan Carolyn Lee
Chapter 8: English for Specific Purposes for Overseas Sales and Marketing Workers in 
Information Technology | Youngmi Oh
Chapter 9: Business Chinese for Advanced Learners | Jia Yu
Chapter 10: An Online Elementary Business Japanese Course for Working Professionals 
in Michigan | Mariko Kawaguchi
Chapter 11: Business Chinese for Local Businesses
Chun-Yi Peng
Chapter 12: Chinese for Working Professionals: A Textbook for Intermediate-High to
 Advanced Learners | Yi Zhou & Haidan Wang
Chapter 13: Developing a Business Chinese Reader | Haidan Wang & Jing Wu

Part 3:  Language for Alternative Purposes

Chapter 14: Curriculum Development of Korean Language for Diplomacy | Yeonhee Yoon
Chapter 15: Hawaiian for Indigenous Purposes to Sustain Hawaii’s Rich Culture 
and Language | Trixy ‘Iwalani Koide Tasaka
Chapter 16: Legal Arabic for Courts and Ethics | Abeer Aloush
Chapter 17: Russian for Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Security | Rachel Stauffer
Chapter 18: Preliminary Guidelines for Designing an LSP Mandarin for Business and 
Tourism Course for Beginners | Carl Polley
Chapter 19: Korean for Specific Purpose Program for Students of Hospitality | Jason Bumyong Sung

Part 4: Conclusion

Chapter 20: Looking Ahead in Languages for Specific Purposes | Jonathan Trace


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