English for Economics in Higher Education Studies Course Book (eBook 318069)

Mark Roberts, Terry Phillips


A faculty-specific series for students in higher education.

ISBN: 9781782607304

Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF Level: B2 to C2  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.5+

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The Garnet Education English for Specific Academic Purposes series won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2009.

English for Economics is a skills-based course designed specifically for students of economics who are about to enter English-medium tertiary level studies. It provides carefully graded practice and progressions in the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It also equips students with the specialist language they need to participate successfully within a economics department. Extensive listening exercises come from economics lectures, and all reading texts are taken from the same field of study. There is also a focus throughout on the key economics vocabulary that students will need.

  • Listening: how to understand and take effective notes on extended lectures, including how to follow the argument and identify the speaker’s point of view.
  • Speaking: how to participate effectively in a variety of realistic situations, from seminars to presentations, including how to develop an argument and use stance markers.
  • Reading: how to understand a wide range of texts, from academic textbooks to Internet articles, including how to analyze complex sentences and identify such things as the writer’s stance.
  • Writing: how to produce coherent and well-structured assignments, including such skills as paraphrasing and the use of the appropriate academic phrases.
  • Vocabulary: a wide range of activities to develop students’ knowledge and use of key vocabulary, both in the field of economics and of academic study in general.
  • Vocabulary and Skills banks: a reference source to provide students with revision of the key words and phrases and skills presented in each unit.
  • Full transcripts of all listening exercises.

The Garnet English for Specific Academic Purposes series covers a range of academic subjects. All titles present the same skills and vocabulary points. Teachers can therefore deal with a range of ESAP courses at the same time, knowing that each subject title will focus on the same key skills and follow the same structure.

Key Features

  • Systematic approach to developing academic skills through relevant content.
  • Focus on receptive skills (reading and listening) to activate productive skills (writing and speaking) in subject area.
  • Eight-page units combine language and academic skills teaching.
  • Vocabulary and academic skills bank in each unit for reference and revision.
  • Audio CDs for further self-study or homework.
  • Ideal coursework for EAP teachers.

Format: eBook

Publication date: 7 Sep 2020

Number of pages: 139


Unit 1: Economics in the modern world
Unit 2: How economics is organized
Unit 3: Market economics
Unit 4: Economics and technology
Unit 5: Economics, globalization and sustainable development
Unit 6: Macroeconomics … but microfinance!
Unit 7: Saving, spending … borrowing and lending!
Unit 8: The economics of agriculture
Unit 9: The economics of healthcare
Unit 10: Economics and sport
Unit 11: Labour markets
Unit 12: Strategy, policy and economic change

Author details

Mark Roberts was active in English Language Teaching, ESP, teacher training and ELT project management for over 20 years, working for the British Council in Yemen, Pakistan and Romania. He also had several years’ experience in different capacities in Germany, working at the University of Bielefeld as a lecturer for English Language foundation subjects, as a teacher in the English language programme at a major German bank and as a high school teacher. For five years before his retirement in 2009, he was tutor for English for Academic Purposes at the Centre for English Language Education at the University of Nottingham, where he was active in course design, materials development and the application of new technology in language learning and teaching.

Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner.  As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private language institutions on all aspects of school management.

For the last ten years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education.

Terry is the series editor of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet Education, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English-medium tertiary education. The series won the ESU award in 2009.

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"..good for its intended purpose: preparing students for studying Economics in English. I was impressed with the incremental matter it used to to bring students up-to-pace with such complex skills as listening to lectures and taking notes. I see no drawback, except that its target audience is rather small. However, perhaps the book has found a niche, as Garnet has chosen to go the Academic English route, focusing on this area of English instruction."

- Patty Jehle for ETAS Journal, Vol. 31, Issue 2, Spring 2014

"The main criterion against which all textbooks are assessed is the balance between EAP and EOP elements. The only coursebook that meets the criterion is English for Economics in Higher Education by Mark Roberts from Garnet Education (Roberts 2012). As all other coursebooks within the Garnet English for Specific Academic Purposes series, this course develops all four skills on the basis of subject area audio and printed texts. A brief overview of the coursebook is provided in the next few paragraphs to justify the choice of the coursebook.

First, English for Economics is an English for Academic Purposes course and provides graded practice in essential academic skills such as making lecture notes, summarizing subject specific academic texts, listening to lectures, preparing seminar talks, reporting research findings, paraphrasing, building an argument in a seminar, recognizing the writer's stance, understanding complex sentences and others. There are 12 units in the coursebook with the focus on a particular skill that is trained across four lessons. The first lesson in any unit is an introduction to vocabulary specific topic of a particular unit, i.e. economics in the modern world or economics and technology. The topic specific vocabulary is further developed and recycled in either audio or printed texts (every odd unit is based on an audio text, every even unit is based on a printed text). The second lesson places the focus on a particular academic skill which is further developed and extended in the third and fourth lessons on the basis of subject specific academic tasks. The tasks range from quite simple such as "look at the pictures and say how they illustrate aspects of economic risk" to more difficult such as "listen to the lecture introductions and make your outline on a separate sheet of paper". The tasks are characterized by a high degree of authenticity as they are similar to those academic tasks that students of Economics have to accomplish in an English-medium academic environment.

Second, English for Economics is English for Occupational Purposes course and focuses on key vocabulary for the subject area. Students are expected to work with a number of input subject specific texts and produce output texts in speech and writing in the discipline. That is why the first lesson of every unit is a vocabulary lesson which introduces vocabulary for the discipline. Not only does it introduce the vocabulary but also focuses on vocabulary skills such as word-building to develop advanced skills necessary for proficient reading of subject specific texts.

Thus, English for Economics has been unanimously voted by the course designers as the ideal coursebook for the pilot ESAP course as it is characterized by a systematic and balanced approach to developing academic skills through vocabulary relevant content."

- Svetlana N. Kucherencko for The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes