Learning Business English in China

The Construction of Professional Identity

  • Zuocheng Zhang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Zuocheng Zhang
    Pages 1-14
  3. Zuocheng Zhang
    Pages 15-37
  4. Zuocheng Zhang
    Pages 39-65
  5. Zuocheng Zhang
    Pages 67-106
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-277

About this book


This book analyses the learning experiences of students of Business English at a Chinese university. It addresses several topical issues in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) education and Business English teaching, including how ESP students learn, how they develop multiple identities. In particular, it focuses on their professional identity in the classroom, and how these identities are transferred to the workplace. This allows the author to present a model of learning Business English that corresponds to the lived experiences of students in China, but which can also be applied to other ESP learner contexts. In doing so, he demonstrates how to research the professional identity of ESP learners from multiple perspectives, and contributes to the validity of research on language learning and learner identity. This book will appeal to scholars of English for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition, and TESOL Education.

Zuocheng Zhang is Senior Lecturer in TESOL Education at the University of New England, Australia. His publications include monographs and textbooks on Business English and business discourse.


English for Specific Purposes Second language acquisition Adult language learning Lingua Franca Business English Professional Identity Participatory Learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Zuocheng Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59290-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59291-6
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