Role of functional academic literacy in ESP teaching: ESP teacher training in Turkey for sustainable development

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Savaş B.

The Journal of International Social Research., vol.2, pp.395-406, 2009 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : The Journal of International Social Research.
  • Page Numbers: pp.395-406


bstract Over the past 30 years, English for specific purposes (ESP) has established itself as a viable and vigorous movement within the field of TEFL, parallel to developments in science, technology, and business world has. Therefore, there has been a great deal of improvement in curriculum development in this field and the application of findings of ESP researchers continues to increase and expand throughout the world. However, in Turkey, this is not the case in the training of ELT teachers, who are expected to put these new methods and techniques into practice. In this study, we therefore analyzed this issue in terms of Functional Academic Literacy (FAL) ESP teachers are expected to have so as to perform well in ESP classes. The challenges ESP teachers have to overcome were displayed, comparing them with their students’ needs which they have to meet and with the qualities which facilitate their burden within the framework of Cummins’ Bilingual Proficiency Theory, Bruner’s Constructivist Learning Theory and Anderson’s Schema Theory. Key Words: ESP teaching,functional academic literacy (FAL), language teacher training,