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APPL8400 – Language for Specific Purposes

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer and convenor
Stephen Moore
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12SW 508
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Margaret Wood
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12SW 502
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MAppLing or MAppLingTESOL or MTransInterMAppLingTESOL or MAccComm or MEd
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
APPL7400 (Advanced Topics in Language for Specific Purposes)
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides an introduction to major issues in language for specific purposes. The focus is on analysis of the socio-cultural contexts associated with business, professional and vocational areas and the specific characteristics of both oral and written text types associated with them. Such information is essential in evaluating appropriate materials and assessment tasks for teaching language for specific purposes. We consider the implications of globalisation for communication, the impact of new technologies and new approaches to learning and teaching language. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in particular vocational or professional areas in assignments.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the main historical trends in LSP since the 1960s and how they have impacted LSP teaching and learning
  • ULO2: Apply appropriate theoretical understandings to practical issues related to teaching LSP
  • ULO3: Apply principles of needs analysis and discourse analysis to analyzing specific language learning contexts and specific contexts of language use.
  • ULO4: Apply an understanding of the features of oral and written texts associated with particular professions and business and vocational contexts to the selection and development of appropriate curricula, materials and assessment practices in the context of teaching LSP
  • ULO5: Reflect on an LSP context of interest and evaluate the merits of different approaches to researching that site.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

General Assessment Information 

How to apply for a late submission of an assignment

All requests for special consideration, including extensions, must be submitted via  ASK.mq.edu.au and provide suitable supporting documentation

Late Assignment Submission

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assignment per day.
  • Late submission of an assignment without an extension will not be permitted after marks have been released to the rest of the class.
  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation.
  • For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline, regardless of the reason, will be marked and returned at a date determined by the unit convenor.
  • Extensions cannot continue beyond the start of the following semester, and students should be aware that long extensions may impact graduation dates.

Delivery and Resources

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The learning and teaching strategies used in this Unit are face-to-face sessions (for on-campus students) and recordings of these sessions; interaction with materials on iLearn; discussion; and self-study of course readings.

Time:    Thursday 12.00 – 14.00

Room:   12SW 430

The course lecturer will be contactable through email to answer any queries that might arise.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

There is one required textbook for APPL8400: Language for Specific Purposes (Gollin-Kies, Hall & Moore, 2015). This book complements materials studied in the unit, rather than simpy duplicating them.

The following books are also highly recommended:

  • Bargiela-Chiappini, F. & Gotti, M. (2005). Asian Business Discourse(s). Bern: Peter Lang
  • Basturkmen, H. (2006). Ideas and options in English for Specific Purposes. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
  • Basturkmen, H. (2010). Developing Courses in English for Specific Purposes. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan
  • Belcher, D., Johns, A. & Paltridge, B. (2011). New directions in English for Specific Purposes research. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Belcher, D. (2009). English for Specific Purposes in theory and practice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Candlin, C.N. & Gotti, M. (Eds). (2004). Intercultural aspects of specialised communication. Bern: Peter Lang
  • Handford, M. (2010). The language of business meetings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Harding, K. (2007). English for Specific Purposes. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (2013). The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Orr, T. (2002). English for Specific Purposes. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

The following journals contain useful articles:

  • English for Specific Purposes
  • TESOL Quarterly
  • Discourse Studies

Module Readings

There are between two and five 'required readings' for each module in this unit. You need to read a minimum of two for each module. Readings are essential as they discuss the major themes involved in the unit. You will find these readings on iLearn, via the ‘Leganto’ link.

Recommended books are shelved in the Reserve section of the library and can be borrowed for limited periods of time.

Unit Schedule

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Week beginning


25 February

Introduction to LSP: What is LSP and why does it matter?

4 March

Discourse and discourse communities

11 March

Genre in business and professional contexts

18 March

Investigating the language of LSP

25 March

Interpersonal communication in LSP

1 April

Intercultural Communication and English as a Lingua Franca

8 April

LSP, globalisation and new technologies


Mid-Semester Recess

29 April

Needs Analysis in LSP

6 May

Course design in LSP

13 May

Materials selection and design (1)

20 May

Materials selection and design (2)

27 May

Assessment in LSP

3 June

Researching LSP

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