Saturday, October 22, 2016

English for Special / Specific Purposes

"English for Specific Purposes (ESP), not to be confused with specialized English, is a sphere of teaching English language including Business English, Technical English, Scientific English, English for medical professionals, English for waiters, English for tourism, English for Purposes, etc." (from Wikipedia). Please read also “English for Specific Purposes: What does it mean? Why is it different?” by Laurence Anthony of the Okayama University of Science, Japan.

[01] Free vocabulary exercises and activities for the hospitality and tourism industry, from
Whether you work in a hotel in Dubai, a restaurant in Paris, or a resort in Bangkok, chances are that you will have to speak English to some of your customers. This website is for anyone who works in restaurants, hotels, cafes, airports, and anywhere else where you might have to talk to customers in English. All of the exercises are free. This website is part of the excellent family of websites.
Food and Beverage (restaurants, cafes, catering, etc.) Hotel Industry (hotels, resorts, spas, etc.) Travel / Tourism (travel agents, tour guides, flight attendants, etc.) Politeness Training (the right way to speak to customers/guests in English)

[02] Learn English Professionals (British Council) can help you reach your professional aspirations by developing your English skills and helping you prepare for English language exams with its online test to see what level your English is according to the six levels outlined in the European Framework. Various sections include:
Maritime English English for Engineers English for Journalists English for Finance Legal English English for Tourism

You can also practice your English with grammar movies or listen and watch Sanjeev use English in the workplace with the J@m movies, its cartoon series practicing English through work in a web design company. With the Specialist vocabulary builder (choose between Medical, Legal, IT, Marketing and Financial words), you can learn or test yourself on up to 100 words in each category). Choose the level of difficulty and start learning. Specialist Vocabbuilder uses the Collins Cobuild dictionary to create exercises just for you; the exercises are different every time. Start Specialist Vocabbuilder now.

[03] Using English for Academic Purposes: A Guide for Students in Higher Education, by Andy Gillett
Academic WritingAccuracy in EAP
English Language Assessment and Support for University Courses
Listening Comprehension and Note-TakingReading Speaking in Academic Contexts Vocabulary in EAP

[04] ESP resources from OWL Purdue
Writing in Engineering (conducting and presenting research, writing reports and journal articles)
Medical Writing (original research articles and samples produced for a lay-population audience)
Writing in Nursing
Writing in the Social Sciences (social work, psychology, etc.)
Professional, Technical Writing (memoranda, business letters, reports, and scientific abstracts)
Writing in Literature
(literary terms, literary theory and schools of criticism, writing book reviews)
Creative Writing (writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction)
Journalism and Journalistic Writing
[05] Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students (advice, models, and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in science and engineering; contributors: Penn State, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, University of Texas, and Virginia Tech)
Introduction: Assessing the Audience; Selecting the Format; Crafting the Style
Presentations: Design of Presentation Slides; Design of Scientific Posters
Correspondence: Memos; Letters; Electronic mail; Job Letters and Résumés; Correspondence Exercise
Formal Reports: Laboratory Reports; Design Reports; Progress Reports; Theses and Dissertations
Other Documents: Proposals; Instructions; Journal Articles

Qedoc is a learning object repository, documentation centre and forum for author collaboration. The learning object repository has free, editable, redistributable, interoperable educational resources, based around interactive quizzes, with1,210 articles currently available). e-learning resources are available in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. eLearning resources include English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Languages, Science, Medicine, Computing and Business.

[06] Medical English (for doctors, nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, pharmacists, health professionals, etc), from Qedoc
Medical English - An Introduction to Basic Human Anatomy - Jumbled Sentences
Medical English - Drug Therapy - Latin Terms and Abbreviations
Medical English - Nursing
Medical English - Nursing - Arithmetic Problems
Medical English - Nursing - Clock Tasks
Medical English - Nursing - Drug Information - Jumbled Sentences
Medical English - Nursing - Grammar - Multiple Choice Test
Medical English - Nursing - Pair matching
Medical English - Nursing - Prefixes
Medical English - Ob/Gyn - Multiple Choice Test
Medical English - Ob/Gyn - Pair Matching
Medical English - Occupational Medicine
Medical English - Occupational Medicine - Multiple Choice Test
Medical English - Occupational Medicine - Multiple Choice Test - Word Combinations
Medical English - Psychiatric Nursing - Pair Matching
Medical English - Psychiatric Rehabilitation - Jumbled Sentences
Medical English - Psychiatric Rehabilitation - Multiple Choice Test
Medical English - The Human Skeleton
Medical English - Word Formation A
Medical English - Word Formation B - D
Medical English - Word Formation C
Medical English - Word Formation H - K
Medical English - Word Formation L - M
Medical English - Word Formation N - O Medical English - Word Formation P - Q Medical English - Word Formation R - S
Medical English - Word Formation T
Medical English - Word Formation U - Z

[07] English for the medical professional, from (free resources for medical professionals like doctors, nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, physician assistants, pharmacists, etc, studying English and medical printables for teachers; with medical vocabulary builders and pronunciation guide, patient counseling activities, disease state directors, healthcare professional articles, medical flashcards, hospital lesson plans, and ESP worksheets)

[08] English for Medical Purposes, from (dialogues for various situations in a medical setting like doctor - patient, nurse - patient and administrative situations)
English for Medical Purposes - Dental Hygiene English for Medical Purposes - Dental Check-up Business English - Deliveries and Suppliers English for Medical Purposes - Joint Pain English for Medical Purposes - Troubling Symptoms English for Medical Purposes - Patient Details English for Medical Purposes - Feeling Queasy English for Medical Purposes - A Prescription English for Medical Purposes - Pain that Comes and Goes English for Medical Purposes - A Physical Examination

[09] Vocabulary activities and resources, from Michael Buckhoff (topics include Picture Vocabulary, Professions and Tools)

[10] Business English Vocabulary Lessons, from Business English Grammar Lessons (Pearson Brown)

[11] Vocabulary exercises to practice phrases used in business, from English Exercises Online

[12] Selected ESL Exercises for Business English students, from
Business English Money idioms Quiz - Test your knowledge of money idioms
Business negotiations: Learn phrases and words related to business negotiations
Business companies quiz: Quiz about business companies
Culture questionnaire: Test our knowledge of other cultures and know why some people fail when they do business in other cultures.
Do or make business? Take this quiz and learn the difference in use between "do" and "make", study verb-noun collocations
Law and courts ESL vocabulary quiz. A matching quiz about words related to law and courts
ESL quiz: Confusing words Lend or Borrow: Quiz to help you differentiate between the use of lend and borrow.
Business English Money and banking quiz: Test your knowledge of banking and money words.
Who is in charge?: Quiz about describing responsibilities in a company. Talking about responsibilities.
Money money money: Quiz about money phrases

[13] Free vocabulary training and exercises in accounting, finance, sales and marketing, project management, information technology and more, from
I.T. (Information Technology) and other computer-related work
Medical English for doctors and patientsGeneral Business English
Sales and Marketing
Accounting, Banking and Finance
Other Business English exercises

[14] Business English Vocabulary for English for Special Purposes, from (vocabulary reference lists of key words and phrases for advertising, banking and stocks, bookkeeping and financial administration, business and commercial letters, human resources, insurance, legal, logistics, marketing, production and manufacturing and sales and acquisitions)

Business and Commercial Letters - Core Vocabulary Sales and Acquisitions - Core Vocabulary Production and Manufacturing - Core Vocabulary Logistics - Core Vocabulary Marketing Sector - Core Vocabulary Insurance Industry - Core Vocabulary Human Resources - Core Vocabulary English for Legal Purposes - Core Vocabulary Bookkeeping and Financial Administration - Core Vocabulary Banking and Stocks - Core Vocabulary Banking and Business Abbreviations Advertising Industry - Core Vocabulary Emphatic Expressions - Strong Collocations Idiom and Expression Resources Improve Your Vocabulary Customer Service - Dealing with Complaints Driver Education - DMV - Key Vocabulary Job Interview Vocabulary Leading a Meeting Participating in a Meeting Phrasal Verbs: MONEY

[15] English for Business, Work and other Special Purposes, from (Adult Education English for special purposes including Business, commercial, financial, legal, insurance and human resources sectors as well as help with resumes, job interviews and cover letters; resources include:

English for Medical Purpose Business English Writing for resumes, letters and documents Business Reading comprehension exercises Business Speaking Skills for the workplace Business English Vocabulary Business Meetings and Presentations Business English Lesson Plans for ESP and Vocational English Job Interviewing Business English Role Plays - Dialogues Business English Level Test (100 question test to discover your business English mastery level)

[16] Free, quick 30-minute business English exercises (with audio), from Blair English

Meetings; CV and Interviews; Numbers and Figures; Emails; Presentations; Projects; Verbs and Phrasal Verbs; Social English; General Business Vocab; Negotiations; Food & Drink

[17] Business English Pod (download more video lessons and transcripts from

[18] VOA Special English: interactive Wordbook (hear English words, their definitions and example dialogues by actual native English speakers to help you understand how the word is used in conversation, with special sections on Health and Business)

[19] Postcript is a self-study magazine for learners of Business English by Marcus Evans Linguarama with exercises on reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, style, vocabulary and usage. Each exercise has an answer key so that you can correct your work yourself online. Each issue has a theme on which many of the exercises are based, for example, Sales, Personnel or Banking.

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