Past and Future of ESP by Ken Hyland

Ken Hyland

Ken Hyland is Professor of Applied Linguistics and director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at   the university of Hong Kong. He has published over 150 articles and 18 books on language education and academic writing. He was founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and is now co-editor of Applied Linguistics, one of the most relevant publications on linguistics matters in the whole world.

Read the following article included with 20th aniverary Ibérica issue and answer to the following questions:

Which are the main fields dealt in this article about ESP?

Name some of the pioneers ESP authors mentioned by Hyland in the text as well as any relevant work.

Why is EAP referred so many times in this article?


read what you want to write

Very good recommendation!!


One of the common pieces of advice given to creative writers is to read widely, work out what you like and then write like those you admire. This writing-like-admirable-others requires the aspiring creative writer to analyse various aspects of the admired texts – ranging from the way in which an author manages plot, character, dialogue and description to their technical construction of sentences, paragraphs and use of adverbs and adjectives.

Now this also seems like pretty good advice to academic writers too. Read what you want to write. The problem is of course how the doctoral researcher decides what is good academic writing. Is it simply something that they like? Is it something that is easy to read? Or is it something that has a particular style – say for example something written in the third person and in the passive voice? Is ‘academic’ necessarily densely packed with inter-textual references?…

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ESP & Genre studies


John Swales is one of the most relevant authors at ESP studies. He has written several articles and books dealing with discourse, EAP, ESP or genre among many other applied linguistics topics.

Read the following article, one of the IBERICA issue devoted to celebrate AELFE 20th aniversary, and answer to the questions bellow:

A text and its commentaries: Toward a reception history of “Genre in three traditions” (Hyon, 1996)

Why are genre studies so important for ESP research?

Enumerate different kinds of quotations mentioned by this author derived from Hyon’s works.

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