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Online peer-reviewed Journal for Teachers

English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World)

English for Specific Purposes World

ISSN 1682-3257

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Book Review

English for Professional and Academic Purposes

By: Miguel F. Ruiz-Garrido, Juan C. Palmer-Silveira, and Inmaculada Fortanet-Gómez

Amsterdam:  Rodopi, Amsterdam - New York, NY .2010.  237 pages

Reviewed by Maryam Sherkatolabbasi, MA

Edited by Amir Mahdavi-Zafarghandi, PhD

Guilan University, Iran

The emergence of ever-growing need for a lingua franca of science, technology, education, and business has led to the worldwide demand of English for Specific Purpose (ESP) within TEFL curriculum. ESP has developed in diverse directions and has become increasingly international in scope as its use has become significant for those interested in international communication in different academic and professional fields.

English for Professional and Academic Purposes (EPAP), edited by Miguel F. Ruiz-Garrido, Juan C. Palmer-Silveira, and Inmaculada Fortanet-Gómez, has launched in 2010. The geographical variation of authors from America, Asia, and Europe who are a mixture of native (NS) and non-native speakers (NNS) of English is really unique. This manuscript intends to reveal how English language is analyzed as the discourse of academic and professional settings and to offer an overview of several topics within the field of discourse analysis to EPAP domains. Besides, it also seeks to find out ways of applying the research to the teaching and learning of the English for professional and academic purposes. This volume will enlighten those involved or interested in the research and teaching of EPAP. It has an introduction chapter and 3 major sections including 13 chapters. The first section deals with discourse analysis of English for academic purposes, the second talks about discourse analysis of professional English and the third is related to EPAP pedagogy.


Maryam Sherkatolabbasi holds a BA degree in English Translation from Esfahan University and MA degree in TEFL from Guilan University in Iran. She has been teaching English at several universities and institutes in Iran. Her areas of interest are ESP, CALL, critical pedagogy and psychology and research on English language teaching and learning. She has reviewed several books in ESP domain.

Dr. Amir Mahdavi-Zafarghandi did his PhD in SLA at Essex University, Britain in 2001. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses including Research Methods, ESP and TEFL. He has supervised or advised numerous M.A. dissertations on TEFL, and published numerous professional papers both nationally and internationally.

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