Winds of Change: ESP (English for Academic Purposes) and PROJECT ONE
The transition to the incorporation of ESP in the programs following a foundation course in English was an inevitable and a natural course of action considering the developments in the field of TEFL/ELT, coupled with the reading skills and vocabulary deficiencies of the S.E.F.T. series, which had been used for over 10 years.
Students at the English Language Preparatory School were grouped in Physical and Social Science classes and started to follow different programs in their 2nd semesters. Giray Atatür’s three-volume Graded Science Readings series was followed by the production by the English Language Preparatory School of Stories and Essays and Social Science Readings, both of which were used for many years to come.
It was decided that the use of the S.E.F.T. series be stopped. With the efforts of some instructors who had obtained TEFL/ELT graduate degrees in the U.S., a 2/3-year project on the development of a General English series started. The five-volume PROJECT ONE, which was written by Huban Üçüncüoğlu and her colleagues, was used at the English Language Preparatory School for 7 – 8 years. Considerably influenced by S.E.F.T., the series strayed far from addressing needs in the beginning of the 1980s, and the nature of the academic criticisms within the institution prevented the revival of such a project in the future.
Prepared by: Prof. Dr. Hüsnü ENGİNARLAR
Interviewees: Prof. Dr. Ayten BEAR, Doç. Dr. Joshua BEAR, Öğr. Gör. Nevin İNAL, Öğr. Gör. Naz DİNO