Course overview:

To meet diverse communication needs in a globalised economy, many people have highly specific academic and professional reasons for seeking to improve their proficiency in a foreign language. These adult learners are particularly interested in courses that fall under the category of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP). LSP programmes focus on developing students’ communicative competence in a specific academic or practical field, such as law, natural science, technology, engineering, business, tourism, and so forth. Although demand is particularly high for ESP (English for Specific Purposes), there are numerous LSP programmes in Swedish and in other languages such as Spanish, French, German and so forth. Therefore, the present course aims to attract graduate students and teachers who would be interested in teaching or researching any Language for Specific Purposes.

The course is taught in English and comprises nine two-hour sessions. It is thematically based in its treatment of various theoretical and practical aspects of Languages for Specific Purposes. Although most teaching materials are in English, students are encouraged to make use of other sources available in the target language of their study.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • be able to understand and apply key terms and concepts in the area of LSP;
  • be familiar with the main characteristics of languages for academic and professional purposes;
  • be familiar with the major theories, approaches and controversies in the field of LSP;
  • be able to develop an LSP course supported by an appropriate theoretical framework;
  • be aware of different uses of technology to enhance the study of LSP.

Programme outline:

Seven two-hour seminars + tutorials
Languages for Specific Purposes: definitions and controversies
Discourses, communities, and cultures
Genre analysis: academic and professional texts
Corpus analysis: academic and professional texts
Needs analysis
Course development and syllabus design
Teaching methodologies and materials development
Feedback and assessment in LSP
Information technology for LSP


The students are expected to actively participate in the seminars by doing the assigned reading and taking part in classroom discussions. At the end of the course, students are expected to submit a 2,000 word proposal of an LSP course, including a theoretical framework, a course description and a syllabus outline.

Required reading:

There is no set textbook for the course. Students will be provided with handouts and a selection of academic articles focusing on different aspects of LSP.

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, English B.

Teacher: Maria Kuteeva


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