Approaches to identifying specialised vocabulary for ESP
The focus of this chapter is approaches in research to identifying specialised vocabulary for ESP. The chapter begins with considering why this is an important aspect of lexical research in ESP, before moving on to corpus-based quantitative approaches to identifying vocabulary for ESP. Qualitative approaches follow, including analysing concordances from corpora, consulting experts, using a scale, using a technical dictionary, surveys, questionnaires, glossaries and case study analyses of teachers and learner decision making including analysing student texts for annotations. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of how a reader might carry out a research project in this area.