December 2011 Volume 7 Issue 4
Welcome to the December 2011 issue of The Asian ESP Journal!
We are very pleased to publish six selected papers that have examined a range of ESP-related topics ranging from vocabulary comprehension and learning (Tzung-yu Cheng), the relation between raters’ knowledge and training and their rating of English speaking proficiency (Sutas Dejkunjorn and Kanchana Prapphal), business word list (Wenhua Hsu), appraisal and thematic patterning in the centrality claim section of research articles (Alireza Jalilifar), and two papers on needs analysis (Fakhrosadat Sajadi and Maryam Oghabi; Mohammad Zohrabi).
A range of methodologies were adopted in the research studies reported in the six papers, including tests, surveys, and corpus linguistic methods. I hope you will enjoy reading the papers that report on ESP studies conducted in various countries and cities in Asia and recommend the papers to your colleagues and students to further disseminate the findings and enhance the impact of the research studies. Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the professional contribution of our Associate Editors and Academic Editors* whose quality review work has made the current issue possible. I also wish to thank our proof readers for their great work!
May I wish you all a happy and successful 2012!
Asian ESP Journal
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University