Teaching ESP Vocabulary

Petkovska, Viktorija and Neshkovska, Silvana (2013) Teaching ESP Vocabulary. IJET Teacher, 5. pp. 225-231. ISSN 1857 8888

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Words are the most powerful means of communication. Mastering their meaning helps
communicating accurately and effectively in any given situation.
The aim of this paper is twofold: to highlight the specific role of teachers of English for
Specific Purposes (ESP) in teaching technical vocabulary and to give an account of the most
rewarding techniques and activities in performing this important task.
Whether teaching technical vocabulary is the job of ESP teachers is a кеy question. Field
specific vocabulary, in some cases, requires certain profound analysis on the part of the ESP teacher
concerning not only the lexical material itself, but also the technical context, which, needless to say,
ESP teachers might not always be very familiar with. Even so, ESP teachers can help their students
with respect to the words they need to focus on, general words used as technical words, technical
words that are not cognates to the equivalent terms in the students‘ native language, pronunciation of
difficult words etc. In this sense, it is among the gravest tasks of the teaching professionals to use
varied, well-planned and highly motivating vocabulary teaching techniques and activities such as:
various techniques designed to assist vocabulary recognition, pronunciation, retention, synonyms or
paraphrases, types of words, word-formation etc.
But above all, ESP teachers should encourage students to develop individual vocabulary
learning strategies (e.g. guessing, memory and dictionary strategies) which may benefit the vocabulary
learning processes following the post-initial explanatory stages.
Key words: English for Specific purposes, vocabulary, learning strateg

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Prof. d-r Silvana Neshkovska
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 15:02
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2023 15:02
URI: https://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/8630

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