INTEGRATING ESP AND PHARMACOGNOSY IN A THEMATIC PROJECT OF ENGLISH MAGAZINE ON TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANTS

Kiantoro Andiek Setiawan

Abstract


AFTA has imposed graduates of tertiary education in Indonesia to possess more than adequate English ability to compete with overseas graduates in the job market. Consequently, ESP (English for Specific Purposes) has a significant role. ESP provides the students with necessary English skill in accordance with their study background, so it will help them to understand better other core courses and prepare them for their future job. Academy of Pharmacy of Putra Indonesia Malang recognizes students‘ need for English. However, due to the high amounts of Pharmacy core courses, ESP can only be given in the first semester (2 credits). It is not enough compared to the students‘ need for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Therefore, a thematic project of developing English magazine on traditional medicinal plants integrating ESP and pharmacognosy is conducted for the second-semester students to provide them with a practical study on both reading and writing; the skills that cannot be covered up in the first semester of ESP. In this paper, I would like to present my model in integrating ESP and pharmacognosy in a thematic project. The model was based on a thorough needs analysis taking into accounts needs analysis concepts by Hutchinson and Waters (1987) and Dudley-Evans and St. John (1998). As a result, I can develop an integrated thematic learning of ESP and pharmacognosy with the ESP meetings that are conducted outside the classroom (consultations). Also, 4 English magazines on traditional medicinal plants are resulted to be published after the project.

Keywords


English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Pharmacognosy, Thematic Project, Needs Analysis.

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