Current Trends in ESP Research in China: A Bibliometric Analysis of Chinese Journal of ESP


In recent years, academia and education departments in China have highly valued English for Specific Purposes (ESP). This paper reviewed all articles published in the Chinese Journal of ESP from 2013 to 2022 and selected 309 out of 362 articles as samples to generate knowledge maps using CiteSpace. Based on the bibliometric analysis, this paper aims to identify and discuss topical themes, research frontiers, and trends of ESP research in China over the past decade. The results reveal several noteworthy trends in the field of ESP, including 1) Academic English has received wide and constant attention from Chinese ESP researchers over the past decade, and research on analyzing college English from the perspective of ESP increases; 2) The distribution of ESP research across different disciplines is imbalanced. The most frequently studied areas are Business English, Medical English, and Legal English, with only a few articles on other disciplines; 3) In terms of research methods, needs analysis occupies a dominant position, but there is a growing trend in using genre analysis, empirical study, and comparative study in ESP research.

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Kun Dou, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Huzaina Binti Abdul Halim, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

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Conference: ECLL2023
Stream: Approaches

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Dou K., & Halim H. (2023) Current Trends in ESP Research in China: A Bibliometric Analysis of Chinese Journal of ESP ISSN: 2188-112X The European Conference on Language Learning 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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