On the Effects of Globalization on ESP: A Thought Paper on Preparing a Place for Ourselves in Hungarian Higher Education
Troy B. Wiwczaroski
Debrecen University ATC
ESP World, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 11, November 10, 2005
As the 21st century will surely see an increasingly interdependent world, so too will departments giving instruction of ESP need to embed themselves in the greater university curricula, in order to survive. Technical English teaching centers must provide the impetus for pushing university administrations to recognize the necessity of internationalizing their institutions, i.e. to truly begin to provide foreign students with a wide range of study programs here in Hungary, taught in English. The financial, research, and student and faculty exchange opportunities show great promise, should higher education prepare itself to take this prodigious step. Preparations for such a step can involve, in a wide range of activities, especially, but not exclusively, English language teachers. The paper below provides a fundamental definition of globalization and its impacts, and then discusses the opportunities, needs and roles ESP departments should focus on, in order to ensure their proper places in the university community of the future. The paper closes with the detailed presentation of a course which could be integrated into a number of possible M.Sc. degrees, as one example of a way forward for higher education language departments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: globalization, english as a second language, teaching
JEL Classification: Z00
Date posted: January 10, 2006
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