Research in English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Peter Master



       English Grammar and Technical Writing. {Scroll down to see} Washington DC: US State Department, 2004. [Revised version of Science, Medicine, and Technology: English Grammar and Technical Writing. Prentice Hall, 1986a]

       Responses to ESP {Scroll down to see}, Washington DC: US State Department, 2000.

       New Ways in English for Specific Purposes. TESOL, 1998 (with Donna Brinton).

       Science, Medicine, and Technology: English Grammar and Technical Writing, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1986a, 335 pp. [Revised as English Grammar and Technical Writing, 2004].


       Research in English for Specific Purposes (2005). In Hinkel, E. (Ed.). Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning (pp. 99-116). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

       Relative clause reduction in technical research articles (2002). In Hinkel, E. & Fotos, S. (Eds.) New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms (pp. 201-231). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

       Inanimate subjects with active verbs in scientific research articles (2001). In Hewings, M. (Ed.). Academic writing in context: Implications and applications. Papers in honour of Tony Dudley-Evans (pp. 169-181). Birmingham, UK: The University of Birmingham Press.

       Let your subject do the work (1998). In Master, P. & Brinton, D. (Eds.) New Ways in ESP, Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

       ESP teacher education in the U.S. (1997). In R. Howard & G. Brown (Eds.) Teacher Education for LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) (pp. 22-44). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Refereed Journal Articles

       2013 A contrastive study of determiner usage in EST research articles. International Journal of Language Studies 7(1):33-58.

       1998 Positive and negative aspects of the dominance of English. TESOL Quarterly 32,4:716-727.

       1991 Inanimate Subjects with active verbs in scientific prose. English for Specific Purposes 10,1:15-33.

       1987 Generic the in Scientific American. English for Specific Purposes 6, 3:165-186.

Reviews in Refereed Journal Articles

       1997 Review of Barbara & Scott (1994) Reflections on language learning. In Studies in Second Language Acquisition 19,3:405-406.

       1992c Review of Swales (1991) Genre analysis. In Journal of Pragmatics 17,3:286-289.

Nonrefereed Publications


       2003 Noun compounds and compressed definitions, English Teaching Forum 41(3):2-9. [click link for full text]

       1997 Using models in EST (English for Science and Technology), English Teaching Forum 35(4):30-36. [click link for full text]

       1991b ESP methodology: is there such a thing? Strani Jezici (Foreign Languages) 20, 4:263-267, Zagreb, Croatia

       1986b Teaching the English article system to foreign technical writing students, The Technical Writing Teacher 13,3:203-210 [now Technical Communication Quarterly ].

       1981 Teaching English for science and technology through technical writing, CATESOL Occasional Papers 7:42-59. Available as ERIC document ED210920


       1992 - 1998 "Issues in ESP", a column in TESOL Matters

o      Oct. 1997 Content-Based Instruction vs ESP

o      Jun. 1992 Introducing ESP (reprinted in URUTESOL Newsletter 6:49, 1993)

1981 - 2004 "English for Specific Purposes", a column in the CATESOL News

o      Jun. 1995 Developing Appropriate Schemata for Business Concepts

o      Oct. 1992 ESP Moves On

o      Mar. 1992 English for Tourism

o      Jun. 1991 Content-Based Instruction for Resident College-Level ESL Students

o      Dec. 1990 EAP Comes to CSU

o      Dec. 1988 English and Computers: A Modified Adjunct Course

o      Mar. 1988 Reading and Content in ESP

o      Oct. 1987 ESP in Saudi Arabia

o      Jun. 1986 ESP at the Anaheim Convention

o      Oct. 1985 The Future of ESP

o      Aug. 1985 The Development of ESP

o      Mar. 1985 A Continental View of ESP: A Conversation with Hugo Baetens-Beardsmore

o      Jun. 1984 ESP at the Houston Convention

o      Mar. 1984 Occupation-Specific VESL

o      Dec. 1983 English for Aphasics

o      Oct. 1983 In Defense of ESP

o      Aug. 1983 Medical English

o      May 1983 ESP at the Toronto Convention

o      Mar. 1983 Computer Programming and ESP

o      Dec. 1982 Developing Aural Comprehension Skills in ESP

o      Oct. 1982 Vocational ESL (VESL)

o      Aug. 1982 ESP at the (Honolulu) TESOL Convention

o      May 1982 Teaching Academic ESP Reading Skills

o      Feb. 1982 Grammar in EST

o      Dec. 1981 Writing in the Academic ESP Class

o      Oct. 1981 The Rationale for Teaching ESP

o      May 1981 ESP at the Detroit Convention



       04/27/08 International Conference on English Education, "ESP, CBI, and the Role of Grammar, " Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan.

       12/03/06 Fourth Saudi Technical Conference and Exhibition, "ESP, CBI, and the Role of Grammar, " Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

       04/25/06 TESOL Ukraine Conference, "ESP, CBI, and the Role of Grammar, " Kamyanets-Podilsky, Ukraine.

       03/11/00 American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), "Information Structure and Relative Clause Reduction," Vancouver, BC, Canada.

       08/05/96 International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), "Positive and Negative Aspects of the Dominance of English," (Symposium: "Critical Issues in ESP Teaching" with V. Bhatia, H. Collins, H. Drury, T. Dudley-Evans, L. Hamp-Lyons, N. Markee, and M. St. John), University of Jyvskyl, Finland.

       03/22/96 17th Annual GERAS (Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche en Anglais de Spcialit), "Nomenclature in ESP" (plenary address), Universit de Provence Aix-Marseille I , Aix-en-Provence, France.

       12/08/93 Conference of Teachers of English in Trade and Commerce Higher Education Institutions in Russia,"Some Contemporary Issues in Teaching ESP," Institute of Commerce, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

       12/03/93 TESOL Conference, "Some Contemporary Issues in ESP" (plenary address), Moscow, Russia.

       03/05/92 TESOL Convention, "Issues in Academic ESP" (with Kay Westerfield), Vancouver, B.C, Canada.

       09/29/90 Seventh Yugoslav Conference on ESP, "The Varieties of ESP", Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

       09/29/90 Seventh Yugoslav Conference on ESP, "The History and Development of EST," Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

       09/27/90 Seventh Yugoslav Conference on ESP, "Grammar in EST", Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

       09/27/90 Seventh Yugoslav Conference on ESP, "ESP Methodology: Is There Such a Thing?" Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

       04/15/87 USIS Dhahran Conference on Teaching ESL in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, "The History of EST," Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

       04/06/87 USIS-TESL Conference,"ESP Methodology," Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


       03/21/98 TESOL Convention,"MAT with an ESP Emphasis," Seattle, WA.

       03/20/98 TESOL Convention, "ESP Teacher Preparation in the U.S.," (Colloquium:"ESP Teacher Preparation" with A. Celani, Brazil, M. Daoud, Tunisia, A. Johns, San Diego State University, and M. Memet, France), Seattle, WA.

       04/17/97 Parasession on Pragmatics & English for Specific Purposes in Academic and Workplace Contexts, "ESP Component of a MATESL Program," (Invited Speaker for Panel Discussion: "ESP Teacher Preparation" with Liz England and Tom Heenan), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

       03/12/97 TESOL Convention,"English for Specific Purposes" (Research Fair with T. Dudley-Evans, University of Birmingham, J. Flowerdew, City University of Hong Kong, and B. Paltridge, University of Waikato), Orlando, FL.

       03/12/97 TESOL Convention, "Content-based ESL and ESP: Definitions and boundaries" (with K. Westerfield, University of Oregon), Orlando, FL.

       03/27/96 TESOL Convention,"Issues in ESP Materials Development" (Academic Session: "Issues in ESP Materials Development" with E. Lites, Boulder Economics Institute, T. Adams, U. of Pennsylvania, Marcia Leroy, independent consultant, and I. Mansoor, REEP), Chicago, IL.

       03/27/96 TESOL Convention, "Grammar in ESP" (Breakfast Seminar: "Communicative Grammar Teaching" (with M. Celce- Murcia, UCLA, P. Byrd, Georgia State U., and E. Olshtain, Hebrew University), Chicago, IL.

       03/09/94 TESOL Convention, "Directions in ESP Research" (Academic Session: Co-chair with Tony Dudley-Evans), Baltimore, MD.

       04/15/93 TESOL Convention, "A Contrastive Study of Determiner Usage in EST Research Articles," Atlanta, GA.

       03/26/91 TESOL Convention, "The Development of EST," (Colloquium: "ESP: The Fourth Decade," (Chair), New York, NY.

       03/08/90 TESOL Convention, "Inanimate Subjects with Active Verbs in Scientific Prose," San Francisco, CA.

       04/22/87 TESOL Convention, "The Mechanism of Noun Compounding," Miami, FL.

       05/05/82 TESOL Convention, "EST in the Classroom," Honolulu, HI.


       04/26/98 CATESOL State Conference,"Grammar in ESP," Colloquium: The Many Roles of Grammar in Communicative Language Teaching, with D. Brinton, UCLA, M. Celce-Murcia (Convener), UCLA, S. Hilles, CSU Pomona, C. Holten, UCLA, A. Strauch, and R. Young, Pasadena, CA.

       04/21/85 CATESOL State Conference,"Colloquium on ESP (ESP Strand)," (Chair), San Diego, CA.

       03/12/82 CATESOL State Conference, "Grammatical Devices for Compressing Language in EST," Sacramento, CA.

       04/03/81 CATESOL State Conference, "Teaching English for Science and Technology through Technical Writing," Monterey, CA.


       10/08/83 CATESOL Regional Conference, "First Colloquium on ESP" (Chair), Dominican College, San Rafael, CA.

       10/24/81 CATESOL Regional Conference, "Grammatical Devices for Compressing Language in EST," College of Marin, Kentfield, CA.

       11/01/80 CATESOL Regional Conference, "Teaching English for Science and Technology," University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

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