Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

What you will study

    1. Areas of English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
    2. The language learning process
    3. Language systems and uses
    4. ESP and language skills: speaking, reading, listening, writing and vocabulary
    5. Objectives in teaching ESP and the role of the ESP teacher
    6. Needs analysis and course design in ESP
    7. Methods of teaching ESP: teacher-centred methods, active methods, student-centred methods
    8. Materials selection and development for ESP
    9. Classroom language assessment and test construction for ESP
    10. Technology and ESP
    11. Classroom communication, management and facilitation
    12. Evaluating courses and quality improvement

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Guided independent study, directed research and reading as well as tutor-marked assignments, including a portfolio of evidence, to reinforce learning
    • Certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law

This non-credit four-month course is intended for teaching practitioners, prospective teachers and teacher educators who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests in subjects related to education.

This course can be taken alongside your professional studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to educators teaching business management, finance, tax law and professional English in further education establishments or delivering continuing professional development courses to tax, accounting and finance practitioners.

You will be encouraged to relate the content of the module to your own professional experiences. Therefore, you will need access to formal or informal educational settings to apply the ideas in practice and carry out observations. Non-teachers will be asked to look back on their experience as students.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Key skills
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills

Career relevance

    • Professional training
    • Further education
    • Educational management
    • Management consultancy
    • Government offices and NGOs
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • English for Specific Purpose (ESP) teaching

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

4 months (128 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are issued a certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law.

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.


Next term start date: 20 January 2022

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of module start. Module sessions will be opened on a weekly basis to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 15 January 2022 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.

Tuition fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Future availability

Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

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