The journal Specific was born from the need, felt by a group of Portuguese teachers of English, for peer discussion on specificities concerning English felt by a group of Portuguese teachers of English.
Those teachers have thought that such specificities could be discussed and reflected upon, as a way to bring some light and new approaches to the teaching of English. Moreover, feeling that any group of students is unique, along with the fact that students’ level and type of knowledge may also demand different types of teaching, led us to think of Specific as a possible way of interacting with other teachers and researchers of the English language as way for innovating or recreating in terms of the teaching/ learning process.
The journal Specific has first appeared in 2003. It is a yearly publication and its main objective is to disseminate scientific research related to any of the areas of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), by teachers and researchers either at a national or at an international level. That research must work as a contribution for the development of ESP namely in terms of linguistic description of particular varieties of English and its application to specific issues connected with methods. The journal Specific also intends to be a place for exchanging of ideas, problems, and experiences concerning ESP, both in theory and in practice.
The journal has an editorial board constituted by three editors and a peer review board. To this board belong experts of several areas of ESP who, in the form of blind/refereeing, review the articles submitted for publication.
The following topics can be dealt with under an ESP approach: discourse analysis, foreign language acquisition (in specific contexts), the use of new technologies in the teaching/learning of English, Curriculum development and assessment, material preparation, teaching and assessment techniques, the effectiveness of various approaches to the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language and teacher development.
The Journal also welcomes articles identifying important aspects and needs in ESP development, as well as articles exploring the use and expansion of ESP, works that identify possible means of cooperation between curricula and students’ vocational/professional interests, and articles on the repercussion that research in other subjects might have for the ESP research area.