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Difference between EAP and ESP:


 ESP is goal directed – the learners  EAP learners are usually current
are not learning the English language higher education students or
for the sake of it, but because they members of staff or they are hoping
need, or will need, to use English in to go on to higher education after
their professional or academic lives. their EAP course – They need to
 ESP courses must be based on an learn English in order to succeed in
analysis of needs – which aims to their academic careers.
specify as closely as possible exactly  EAP involves an attitude to learning
what it is that the learners have to do and teaching – that believes that it is
through the medium of English. possible and useful to specify what
 Often there is a very clearly specified language and linguistic practices are
period for the ESP course required in a particular academic
 ESP learners tend to be adults rather context and that it is worthwhile to
than children focus teaching on this.
 In some cases, a very high level of  EAP students are undertaking fixed
proficiency is not necessarily term courses in preparation for a
required, as long as the learners can particular task – such as an essay,
succeed in their aims – Students, for dissertation or conference
example, need to be able to presentation - or an academic course
understand their lectures, fellow or they are studying English for a
students and textbooks and obtain short time every week along with
good marks for assignments and their academic courses or jobs.
examinations.  Most EAP students are over 18 –
they will either have made a difficult
decision to study in an English
medium university or, for example,
researching, publishing or teaching
in English may be a requirement.
 The role of the EAP lecturer is to
find ways to enable them to do this –
getting their present tenses correct
may not be as important as
understanding the overall structure of
the report they have to write.