The university context is a place where people read, write, exchange and respond to a considerable variety of texts within specific disciplinary studies. These texts involve a wide range of discourse genres, display different degrees of complexity, and are often produced in a foreign language, which today is almost invariably English.
A crucial approach to the teaching of English in this particular context is English for Specific Purposes (ESP), which offers interesting theoretical and practical insights into the nature of the problems ESP practitioners are likely to find when teaching a foreign language at this level, and into the difficulties students need to overcome to become full members of the university community.