English Language Teaching Approaches Comparison

Amy Chou   amychou24@gmail.com

Hampshire College TESOL Certificate Course

English Language Teaching Approaches Comparison:

  • A table that compares the role of teacher, student, linguist, and teaching material/techniques between all three language teaching approaches: Content-Based Language Teaching (CBLT), Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

  • Why might ESP be a growing sub-category of TESOL?


With the fast-paced technology growing rapidly around the globe, information is exchanged through internet and partnership. People tend to travel more often and the new generation is more willing to work outside of the US. In order to find a job in a foreign country, one must be able to transfer their working skills from the homeland to the United States. Knowledge is exchanged between countries through English because English has always been the lingua franca for people from different parts of the world to communicate. English is the most widely-spoken language in the world and the world’s main communication tool. It is now used between two non-native speakers who don’t have the same first language (Celce-Murcia, 2014, p.64). The ability to speak English is the power to exchange information around the globe.



Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M., & Snow, M. A. (2014). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (Fourth ed.). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning.


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