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ASp 78, November 2020: Teaching ESP in a major health crisis situation


Initially, issue 78 of the ASp journal (due out in November 2020) was to be devoted to the theme of language certification in specialised contexts (call available here: <>).

However, given the major crisis situation currently facing ESP teachers and researchers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel it is wiser to postpone this topic to ASp 79 (due out in spring 2021), and we are issuing a new call for papers for a special issue dedicated to the effects of the health crisis on ESP.

The editorial team of the ASp journal would like to preserve the memory of an unprecedented moment in the history of ESP in Europe: the shutdown of most higher education institutions over a relatively long period of time, and the implementation, sometimes in an emergency, of measures allowing the partial or total continuity of teaching and learning through the internet.

We therefore invite all ESP specialists – practitioners as well as scholars – to describe and analyse their current experience. Observations may focus on the following aspects:

- The conversion of courses that are normally taught “face-to-face” into e-learning;

- The management of priorities in the teaching and the learning of ESP in acute crisis situations;

- The creation of new content or new methods to replace face-to-face teaching and learning;

- The choice – or the creation – of technological and digital tools for online teaching in the context of the health crisis;

- The implementation of online assessment protocols;

- Ethical issues raised by the shutdown of institutions in terms of equal treatment with regard to the teaching of ESP;

- How teaching teams have adapted to the health crisis, particularly in language centres;

- Innovations and experiments in a context of “educational warfare.”

Guidelines for the submission of proposals

The texts, which will ONLY take the form of teaching reports for the “teaching practices” section of the journal, will be reviewed by the editorial team.

Important dates

Initial call for papers: 10 April 2020
Reports to be submitted by 30 June 2020
Response to authors: July 2020
Publication: November 2020

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