ERG SES G 09, Language and Education
Based on the methodological framework of the currently undertaken dissertation project and results of the pilot study conducted in its early stages, the objective of this presentation is to report on the results of the main study performed in the period between 2014 and 2015.
Given the thriving field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in higher education in the Czech Republic, this dissertation project pursues as its main goal the specification of the selected aspects of Legal English Communicative Competence (LECC) based on the identification of communicative needs of the professional community through semi-structured interviews and register analysis of texts submitted by respondents where an ethnographic corpus has been compiled. The paper will focus on both branches of the research which will be presented within the context of two main research subquestions exploring the selected features of LECC in the area of language skills and language systems and thus will reflect the classic dichotomy of use versus usage. The results obtained here will then be synthesized to provide the answer to the main research question which seeks to find the specific aspects of LECC formulated as objectives for the teaching of this variety of ESP in higher education.
Dominant in ESP course design, the needs analysis approach takes account of the awareness of the target situation communicative needs on the foreign language userʼs part, the so called target needs, and matches them with his or her learning needs with the purpose of closing the perceived gap between the two (Hutchinson &Waters, 1987). In an effort to identify the aspects of Legal English use within job requirements of legal professionals, the present study proposes the first step of the procedure leading towards the course design on the tertiary level of the education system.
Biber, D., Johansson, S., Leech, G., Conrad, S. & Finegan, E. (1999). Longman grammar of spoken and written English. Harlow: Pearson
Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Cortes, V. (2004). If you look at...: lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks. Applied Linguistics,25, 371-405.
Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2007). Research methods in Education. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from
- Search for keywords and phrases in "Text Search"
- Restrict in which part of the abstracts to search in "Where to search"
- Search for authors and in the respective field.
- For planning your conference attendance you may want to use the conference app, which will be issued some weeks before the conference
- If you are a session chair, best look up your chairing duties in the conference system (Conftool) or the app.