Survival strategies for teachers and researchers of ESP in economically challenging times
I outline some of the challenges for teachers and researchers of ESP in this period of prolonged economic crisis from the perspective of someone who has taught English for law students and political science students for many years, is editor of the journal ESP Across Cultures, and is Head of the Language Centre of Foggia University. I focus on three issues: 1) teaching LSP at university level in a context of contradictory pressures coming from ministerial insistence on internationalization of Italian universities in an increasingly globalized world while drastically reducing funding at all levels; 2) research in ESP, where I outline the vibrancy of ESP studies despite the economic hardships, but I surmise that this is partly the result of a shift towards providing practical language skills for future professionals in line with the marketization of tertiary education; 3) the emerging role of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), where in Italy it is now law to provide part of secondary school tuition of a non-language subject in a foreign language: I outline the ways in which ESP and CLIL can mutually complement each other. I conclude by arguing that the future looks bright for ESP studies despite the economic crisis.
Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting, Ionian University
International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Τόμ. 4 Αρ. 1 (2016): Special Issue: Foreign Language Teaching in Tertiary Education: Economy and Foreign Languages; 7-15
International Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication; Vol. 4 No. 1 (2016): Special Issue: Foreign Language Teaching in Tertiary Education: Economy and Foreign Languages; 7-15