Global LSP Network

Suitcase and PassportWhat Does “Language for Specific Purposes” Mean? 

Business Language Studies (BLS) may be defined as a major empirical sub discipline of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) whose objective is to examine and predict how languages are, may, or should be used to conduct business in various communicative situations and cultural contexts. (Doyle, M. (2012). Business Language Studies in the United States: On Nomenclature, Context, Theory, and Method. The Modern Language Journal, 96, 105–121.)

 While NOBLE began in 2009 with a focus on the language study for business purposes, the need for a venue promoting language study across professional fields  became evident.   NOBLE has since begun to expand to compile resources on language study for other purposes and to support faculty teaching in these areas.

Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) is an approach to foreign language teaching that focuses on the immediate needs of learners who require a specific language as a professional tool.  Needs analysis of the learner is key for the development of LSP courses and programs.

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Archives of NCLRC’s  “Business Language in Focus”


 Articles on LSP:

Swale, J.  (2000).  Languages for Specific Purposes.  Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. 20, 59–76.



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