English for Professional and Academic Purposes

English for Professional and Academic Purposes

English in academic and professional settings has received great attention over the last 50 years, as its use has become a key asset for anyone interested in improving his/her chances of communicating internationally. However, it still offers rich opportunities for teachers and researchers working on English in specific settings. The aim of English for Professional and Academic Purposes is to offer an overview of several topics within the field of discourse analysis applied to English in academic and professional domains. The book compiles contributions from different origins, ranging from Japan to the USA and several European countries, and covers English as a native, second, foreign and international language. It also deals with various specialities, including academic writing, business discourse or English for medicine, nursing, maritime industry and science and engineering. This volume is divided into three sections: Discourse Analysis of English for Academic Purposes, Professional English and EPAP Pedagogy, since it was conceived as a contribution to the research on how English is analysed as both the discourse of and for effective communication in academic and professional settings, and how it can be applied to teaching. This manuscript offers some fresh insights for those involved or interested in this field of expertise, in an attempt to shed some light on its latest innovations.

Contents
Current trends in English for Professional and Academic Purposes
Section I. Discourse analysis of English for academic purposes
Formality in academic writing: The use/non-use of phrasal verbs in two varieties of English
The ‘dialectics of change’ as a facet of globalisation: Epistemic modality in academic writing
Hidden influencers and the scholarly enterprise: A cross-cultural/linguistic study of acknowledgements in medical research articles
Researching into English for research publication purposes from an applied intercultural perspective
Section II. Discourse analysis of professional English
Research reports in academic and industrial research
Information use and treatment adherence among patients with diabetes
“Check it out” – The construction of patient empowerment in health promotion leaflets
Who “we” are: The construction of American corporate identity in the Corporate Values Statement genre
Section III. EPAP pedagogy
Evaluating and designing materials for the ESP classroom
From text to task: Putting research on abstracts to work
Approaching the essay genre: A study in comparative pedagogy
Academic writing in the disciplines: Practices in nursing, midwifery and social work
English language education for science and engineering students
Notes on contributors