Volume 8-1 February 2012.
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Personal Observation of Three ESP Classes
Reza Dehghan Harati (M.A.)
Sheikhbahaee University, Isfahan, Iran.
Reza Dehghan Harati, B.A in English literature and M.A in TEFL from Yazd and Sheikhbahaee University respectively. His current research interests focuses on the affective aspects of language learning teaching methods and ESP.
ESP came to existence after the Second World War when a great and inevitable need was felt by everyone to have access to an internationally accepted language to satisfy his/her everyday needs. “ESP was not a monolithic universal phenomenon; it has developed in different countries at different speeds” (Hutchinson and Waters, 1993). In Iran, ESP courses with the aim of satisfying the needs of learners are taught at universities for years. But what is noticeable is the inadequate criticism or evaluation of such courses or classes by experts. This paper consists of different parts starting from a brief general report of what was observed in three different ESP classes (from among many ESP classes) held at Sheikhbahaiee University to posing some practical suggestions for solving or at least reducing the existing problems and enhancing the effectiveness of such classes with the aim of helping both teachers and learners in the process of learning and teaching.
Keywords: Learning a language, English for specific purposes.