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How to Order an EGP, EAP or ESP English Course

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 How to Order an EGP, EAP or ESP English Course

When you study English as a Foreign Language (EFL) it means that you study it in


a non-English-Speaking Country, for example, in China, Russia, Germany, Brazil, France or Viet Nam. If you study English as a Second Language (ESL), it means that you do it in an English-Speaking Country such as the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa or the USA, or you want to go to live or study there. EFL and ESL are similar but not exactly the same. ESL is often country-specific - you learn more about everyday life and social welfare of the English-speaking country you are in, or want to work or get a degree in, that is it frequently means that you need English for Immigration or Academic purposes, whereas EFL is rather meant for international business communication and travel.

EGP stands for English for General Purposes or Everyday English.

ESP stands for English for Specific Purposes. There are several varieties.

One of its branches is known as English for Occupational Purposes (EOP). In plain English it means that you want to study English for your job.

There are two types of Business English out there:

1. When you study English for General Business Purposes (EGBP), you learn about things that people of various occupations have to know.

2. The other variety - English for Careers - is subdivided into a zillion smaller ones. It is possible to study English for virtually any job, even an unusual one. Professional EFL/ESL teachers can design English courses for all kinds of occupations.  

Traditionally, English for Science and Technology (EST) is treated as a separate variety of ESP. If you are into research, the English you need will be rather like EAP,whereas if you are into selling your products and services and making money, it is rather English for Occupational Purposes (EOP). It is not uncommon to need to study a liitle bit of both. 

Due to their significance and peculiarity, English for Law and English for Medicine are treated as separate varieties of ESP.

EAP stands for English for Academic Purposes. It means you need English in order to study in an English-Speaking Country, or rather pass an Academic English examination such as IELTS (Academic Module), TOEFLiBT, FCE, CAE or CPE. It might also mean that you need to pass a Business English examination such as BEC Higher, ILEC (International Legal English Certificate) or ICFE (International Certificate in Financial English).  EAP is also a subdivision of ESP.

It often happens so that you wish to study English for your job and an exam as well as need conversation practice at the same time. It is not easy and sometimes it is impossible to find a suitable ready-made English coursebook that contains everything you need. 

Yet, the good news is that it is possible to have a  UNIQUE English course designed to your needs on EnglishLab.Net. In order to do that you have to tell your course tutor (see the contact details at the bottom of this page) WHAT TOPICS you want to cover and HOW LONG you want your course to be. You will have to take part in your course design to make it happen - if YOU ARE SPECIAL, it means that there is no perfect book out there that contains everything you need, so your tutor will have to USE DIFFERENT MATERIALS to design a VIP ENGLISH COURSE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.

Your course can cover a little bit of everything or explore any one topic in depth, or focus on a few of them - you choose. Study the topic menus in the EFL/ESP Course Description Section, choose the topics you are most interested in and email or call the course tutor to negotiate the details. In your email, please state

  • your name and contact details
  • the topics you are interested in - you can add your own topics to the ones on the list, or focus on very specific issues, such as discussing the latest news, certain newspaper/magazine articles or your job
  • the dates of your course and the number of 1-to-1 speaking session(=Skype or GoogleTalk mediated conversation classes), indicate how long you would like your speaking sessions to be - you can choose them to be 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes long; if you are about to order a web-based* course, please indicate whether you would like it to contain any interactive practice exercises, audio/video and/or materials for printing off in addition to the VIP forum and downloadable worksheets
  • if you are enquiring about an onsite course, please note that those are currently available in Tallinn, Estonia, only (unless you are willing to pay your tutor's relocation fees for the duration of your course - that's possible under certain circumstances)
  • your location (city/country) and native language if you would like to have a VIP web-based course designed especially for you - such courses are normally hosted in the EnglishLab.Net Virtual Classroom

EXAMPLE A (web-based course, speaking, grammar & vocabulary exercises)

My name is Maria Sepp and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a 6-month web-based course, January 2009 to June 2009, 30 speaking sessions of 90* minutes each, the topics of interest are (list the topics you've chosen - explore all the course descriptions in the EFL/ESP Course Description Section of EnglishLab.Net), my VIP course should contain grammar & vocabulary practice exercises 

EXAMPLE B (onsite course, speaking in-class, presentations skills)

My name is Alexander Golubev and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a 1-month onsite course, February 15, 2009, to March 15, 2009, 10 speaking sessions of 60* minutes each, the topics of interest are (list the topics you've chosen - explore all the course descriptions in  the EFL/ESP Course Description Section of EnglishLab.Net), my VIP course should focus on the development of presentation skills.

EXAMPLE C (web-based course, speaking in-class, grammar for homework)

My name is Santana Oreiro and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a 12-week web-based course (to start in mid-January 2009), 2-3 speaking sessions of 30* minutes each per week, the topics of interest are (list the topics you've chosen - explore all the course descriptions in  the EFL/ESP Course Description Section of EnglishLab.Net), but I would just mostly like to talk about everyday life and discuss human-interest articles. My VIP course should contain some grammar exercises, but I would like to do them for homework.

EXAMPLE D (web-based course, speaking in-class, grammar & vocabulary for homework, proofreading letters, essays & reports, job-related English & IELTS Academic preparation)

My name is Günter Bergmann and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a web-based course (to start in mid-January 2009), 1-3 speaking sessions of 45-60* minutes each per week. My primary objective is to score 7.5 or higher in the IELTS exam (Academic Module) in autumn 2009, but I also need English for my job. The topics of interest are (list the topics you've chosen - explore all the course descriptions in  the EFL/ESP Course Description Section of EnglishLab.Net). My VIP course should contain some grammar and vocabulary exercises, but I would like to do them for homework. I would also like my course tutor to teach me academic writing & proofread my essays, letters and reports.

EXAMPLE E (web-based course, no speaking, IELTS General preparation - proofreading essays & letters, grammar & vocabulary practice exercises)

My name is Yuwen Lee and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a web-based course (to start in February 2009), no speaking sessions. My primary objective is to score 5.5 or higher in the IELTS exam (General Module) in summer 2009. My VIP course should contain some grammar and vocabulary exercises. I would also like my course tutor to teach me how to write letters & essays, and proofread what I write.

EXAMPLE F (web-based course, writing mostly, IELTS preparation, grammar & vocabulary practice exercises for homework if necessary)

My name is Pekka Hämäläinen and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a web-based course (to start in February 2009), no speaking sessions. My primary objective is to score 6.0 or higher in the IELTS exam (General Module) in summer 2009. I have difficulty writing essays and letters, so I would like my course tutor to teach me writing skills. My VIP course may contain some grammar and vocabulary exercises if necessary, but that is not essential.

EXAMPLE G (web-based course, speaking mostly, IELTS preparation, listening  practice, grammar & vocabulary practice exercises for homework if necessary)

My name is Nadine Bauche and I am writing to enquire about the following type of course:

a web-based course (to start in February 2009), 2-3 speaking sessions of 45-60* minutes each per week. My primary objective is to score 7.0 or higher in the IELTS exam (Academic Module) in April 2009. I also need extra listening practice. My VIP course may contain some grammar and vocabulary exercises if necessary, but that is not essential. 

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