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English for Scientific Purposes (EScP): Technology, Trends, and Future Challenges for Science Education

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Journal of Science Education and Technology Volume 23, Number 6, ISSN 1059-0145


To date, the concept of English for Specific Purposes has brought about a great impact on English language learning across various disciplines, including those in science education. Hence, this review paper aimed to address current English language learning in the science disciplines through the practice of computer-assisted language learning to identify the use of learning technologies in science-based literacy. In the literature review, the researchers found that science-based literacy instruction shares many pedagogical aims with English language teaching in terms of reading, writing, listening and speaking, allowing it to be classified as "English for Scientific Purposes" (EScP). To answer the research questions, the researchers conducted the survey by extracting related articles and teaching examples from the Web of Science. In the search procedure, the researchers used the keywords science OR "scientific" AND "technolog*" OR "comput*" in ten selected journals of social science citation index. Only articles which are specified as journal articles rather than other document types were included. After compiling the corpora, the researchers compared the trends, methodologies and results of EScP instruction in science education. The implications of this study include the opportunities, advantages and challenges for EScP instruction in science education to further develop better educational approaches, adopt new technologies, as well as offer some directions for researchers to conduct future studies.


Liu, G.Z., Chiu, W.Y., Lin, C.C. & Barrett, N.E. (2014). English for Scientific Purposes (EScP): Technology, Trends, and Future Challenges for Science Education. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(6), 827-839. Retrieved December 16, 2019 from .

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