Special Issue Of English for Specific Purposes
Title: ESP Research in Asia
As in many other parts of the world, English is rapidly spreading across Asia. One scholar estimates that the number of English users and learners in China has reached a staggering 330 million in the 21st century. The status of English in Asian societies is also changing, with some businesses in Japan, for example, requiring all their meetings, telephone calls, and e-mail communication to be carried out solely in English.
These trends and changes raise serious questions about the impact of English as a 'lingua franca' in professional and academic communication in Asia and draw our research attention to the educational, economic, and social factors that propel the popularity of ESP. The aim of this special issue is to present original ESP research being carried out in Asia that addresses these and other ESP-related questions that fall within the scope of the journal.
The deadline for abstracts is June 30, 2011.
View the full call for papers at http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-6.html