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English for Specific Purposes World (ESP World)

English for Specific Purposes World

ISSN 1682-3257

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Teaching ESP through translation:

A key for Teaching Specialized Communication.


Preparatory School of Economics and Commercial Sciences –Tlemcen


Taking into consideration that teaching English for Specific Purposes (henceforth ESP) requires a fundamental objective that includes helping learners engaging in specialized communication, whatever their fields of study, ESP learners are supposed to be active participants in their discourse communities, possessing specialized terminology and being aware of their different usage.

This paper is in fact devoted to shed some fresh lights on the underlying significance of making the ESP learners acknowledged with the appropriate usage of specialized terms for reading disciplinary-based texts in general, and enhancing their communicative competence in particular. To achieve this required objective, a careful understanding of the role of the ESP practitioner in devising an innovative framework based primarily on the new-fangled prospect and tactics for instructing terminology through the use of translation from the source to target language. However, this calls for an urgent need for a systematic analysis of the target and the learning situations.

Key-words: ESP Teaching, specialized Communication, translation, terminology usage.

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