Current Developments in English for Work and the Workplace: Approaches, Curricula and Materials

Mark Krzanowski


A volume of 12 topical articles written by English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English Language Teaching (ELT) specialists.

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ISBN: 9781859646533

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Current Developments in English for Work and the Workplace: Approaches, Curricula and Materials

Current Developments in English for Work and the Workplace: Approaches, Curricula and Materials offers a topical insight into current pedagogic practices, with a specific focus on E4W and E4WP. The IATEFL ESP SIG is very pleased to present this publication to its readers in the hope that the book bridges a gap in the market while complementing other methodological ESP titles directly or remotely related to the topic.

The ESP Special Interest Group (SIG) is one of fourteen SIGs at IATEFL and its main focus in on English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes and English for Occupational/Professional Purposes. The main objective of the SIG is to disseminate good practice in ESP (as well as in EAP and EO/PP) through its membership and to promote models of excellence in ESP to ELT professionals internationally through workshops, seminars and conferences and through publishing the output in our Journal and in leading international ELT Journals and periodicals. More information on the ESP SIG can be found on

For other ESP SIG titles published by Garnet Education, please visit the Journals and Academic Papers section.


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Foreword from the Editor
Chapter 1: English in the Workplace: An Austrian perspective by Hans Platzer and Desiree Verdonk
Chapter 2: Bakers don’t say ‘bread’: Designing appropriate ESP materials for operating room technicians in Saudi Arabia by Kieron Devlin
Chapter 3: A needs analysis for information technology service companies in Brazil by Rosinda de Castro Guerra Ramos
Chapter 4: Targeting pressure points in the training of learners of English as a second language in the workplace in Africa: The role of communication skills by Bernard Mwansa Nchindila
Chapter 5: Effective English for conducting meetings and writing letters at workplaces in India by Meenakshi Raman
Chapter 6: Communication practices in workplaces and higher education by Christine Winberg
Chapter 7: New Zealand’s Language in the Workplace project: Workplace communication for skilled migrants by Meredith Marra, Janet Holmes and Nicky Riddiford
Chapter 8: English for the Workplace practices in Nigeria’s academic and professional industries: 1990-2008 by Adejoke Jibowo
Chapter 9: Teaching English for the Workplace in Nigeria using literature and the media by Sunday I. Duruoha
Chapter 10: Teaching business English in Yemen: What and how? by Abdulhameed Ashuja’a
Chapter 11: Desert island development: Creating ESP courses for Omani Air Force technicians by Neil McBeath
Chapter 12: A pragmatic approach to workplace English in Botswana by Modupe M. Alimi
Authors: Notes about Contributors

Author details

Mark Krzanowski holds an MA in Applied Linguistics, the RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA, a PG DMS, and is a Fellow of HEA (the Higher Education Academy). Mark has been involved in English Language Teaching since 1990. He is based in London, and his current academic affiliations include: the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the University of London, where he lectures in English for Academic and Specific Purposes to international postgraduate students; the Language Centre, University of Arts London, where he is the Course Leader for Insessional EAP Courses; and the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, where he lectures in TESOL and TEFL to BA and MA students. He also acts as External Assessor in ELT for Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2003, Mark has been the Co-ordinator of the IATEFL’s (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) ESP (English for Specific Purposes) SIG (Special Interest Group).

In addition, he is also involved in academic consultancies abroad: in the last four years, he has worked on various EAP and ESP projects in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), India, Pakistan, South Africa, China, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen. In the past, Mark was Academic Co-ordinator for ELT in the Dept of PACE at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002–2005); Head of ELT Unit and Senior Lecturer in EAP at the University of Hertfordshire (1997–1999–2002); and EAP Co-ordinator at UCL/University College London (1993–1997).

Mark is actively involved in scholarly activity. In April 2008, he was plenary speaker at the Sultan Qaboos University ELT Conference (Muscat, Oman), and in July 2008, he was the plenary speaker at the English for Work Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, organized at Wits University by the British Council and SAATEIL. He is also the editor of Current Developments in English for Academic, Specific and Occupational Purposes (Publisher: Garnet Education, March 2008) and Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes in Developing, Emerging and Least-Developed Countries.

Mark’s professional interests include: materials design in EAP and ESP; teacher training; trainer training; academic listening; applied linguistics; academic management; learning and teaching; and teaching and teacher training via videoconferencing.


"...a collection of fascinating case studies from around the world of E4W/E4WP (English for work/English for the workplace) practice in EFL and ESL contexts.

...For an ESP curriculum developer, the book provides a welcome window into other people’s worlds. Kraznowski states in the foreword, “E4W/E4WP offers ESP teachers an opportunity to engage in designing syllabi...for interesting, unique and unusual courses that pose meaningful but rewarding challenges” (2011, p.2). The opportunity to see how others have coped with those challenges is invaluable. Initially I was sceptical that reading about someone else’s experiences in Nigeria would help me with curriculum development in New Zealand, but I find instead that I have uncovered a group of colleagues and mentors who are experiencing the very same issues all over the globe. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone involved in ESP curriculum development."

Laura Haseley, for The TESOLANZ Journal, Vol. 21, 2013

"Another fantastic book edited by Mark Krzanowski."

Sandee Thompson, IATEFL Voices, Issue 232, May / June 2013

"Mark (Krzanowski) has done an excellent job of pulling together twelve papers written by teachers in a variety of international contexts into one cohesive volume, while still allowing the voices of the individual contributors to shine through. Canadian teachers can take away from Current Developments in English for Work and the Workplace not only practical teaching ideas but also - and perhaps more importantly - an appreciationof the scope and nature of English for the Workplace, and the diverse challenges faced by those engaged in teaching professionals around the world. This volume will be a useful addition to the bookshelves of anyone whose career involves training non-native speakers for professional careers."

Tania Pattison for Share (TESL Canada), Issue 4, 2013