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Arqus – Webinar about the role of the native speaker in teaching English for specific purposes

At 11:00 AM CEST on May 12, Dr. Carolyn Allen of the University of Leipzig will give a lecture on the role of native speakers in teaching English for specific purposes as part of the “Seven Months, Seven Universities” series. The webinar will be in English and will be broadcast live Arqus YouTube Channel.

The concept of mother tongue plays an important role in teaching English at all levels. In “English for Specific Purposes” (ESP), in particular, it is a multidisciplinary field that raises many basic questions for the preparation of courses and materials. These questions include whether participants consider it important to have a native speaker and how they perceive differences between themselves and their native speakers in scientific communication. Dr. Carolyn Allen will present a theoretical overview of these areas and incorporate quality data from interviews with medical and biology students. His intervention will lead to a discussion of how this data could affect the creation of materials for ESP courses.

Carolyn Allen teaches English for Special Purpose (ESP) at the Language Center at the University of Leipzig. He is mainly interested in the English of the natural sciences, and especially in medicine. He wrote his PhD on how medical students’ attitudes toward ESP teaching and how this research can be used to develop better curricula. Since then, he has focused on teaching English to chemistry, biochemistry and biology.

This is part of the webinars (“Seven Months, Seven Universities”) offered as part of the conference.Action Line 4 from Arqus, Multilingual and Diversified University. These lectures focus on specific topics related to language and culture and are primarily aimed at graduate and postgraduate students and beginner researchers interested in these topics.

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