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Language for Specific Purposes: Overview

  1. Thomas A. Upton,
  2. Ulla Connor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0891

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Upton, T. A. and Connor, U. 2012. Language for Specific Purposes: Overview. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Language for specific purposes (LSP) is an area of applied linguistics that focuses on the analysis and teaching of language in order to meet specific language needs of non-native speakers of the language.


  • esl/efl;
  • language teaching;
  • teaching methods in applied linguistics;
  • language for academic purposes;
  • language for specific purposes