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New Open Access Monograph on Teaching English for Specific Purposes

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Versita has just released a new Open Access monograph publication: Constructivist Blended Learning Approach to Teaching English for Specific Purposes by Oleg Tarnopolsky.

The basic premise of the book is to take a novel approach in teaching English in tertiary education. One good example of ESP (not extra sensory perception, but the more reasonable English for Specific Purposes) is teaching academic writing: here, academic writing has a specific set of demands, and it is much harder to teach than, say, writing for (more) practical purposes (e.g. personal letters, CVs and letters of application).

Tarnopolsky’s solution is to use the constructivist blended learning, which he describes as being based on students “constructing themselves their own knowledge and professional communication skills in English”. The blending part refers to a blend of traditional in-class learning with in- and out-of-class learning through the Internet. These basic features of the constructivist blended learning approach are analyzed in detail in Constructivist Blended Learning Approach to Teaching English for Specific Purposes. As Tarnopolsky notes:

“The forms of learning activities in English that are the principal ones for the approach are also thoroughly discussed, and five principles underlying the practical implementation of the approach are suggested. The ways of implementing the constructivist blended learning approach in the teaching practice are demonstrated.

The practical introduction of the suggested approach into ESP teaching at higher educational institutions can open up new prospects for substantially improving such teaching and learning and for considerably upgrading students’ command of English for professional communication. Besides, the suggested approach thoroughly discussed in the proposed book opens up new vistas for research in the area, so it may prove to be of great importance for scholars in the field”.

I mentioned previously (see here) that there is a gap in the market for Open Access monograph publications. It’s nice to see a publisher stepping in to fill the void. On that note, Tarnopolsky also had this to say about Open Access:

Open Access is one of the best solutions for scholars from all, even the most far away, places on the globe to make their ideas known internationally and to access freely the ideas of their colleagues that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Quite possibly, Open Access is where the future of scholarly exchanges lies.”

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