As a vocational institution, Politeknik Perkapalan Negeri Surabaya (PPNS) should consider to suit a specific need of profession in teaching English. The students should master certain skills in English that meet their background of study as engineer. Thus the ESP approach provides opportunities to the students to acquire their specific purposes. This paper aims at exploring the issues and challenges encountered by the students and the english teachers in PPNS during learning or teaching specific content and vocabulary of ESP courses. It also aims to find the reasons for their occurence and to offer practical solution to them. To know the issues related to their problems, some interviews and questionaires will be carried out to the students and teachers. Moreover, ESP classses will be observed to verify the result of the interviews. Thus the findings reveal the possible interconnection between the problems and help to explore new approaches toward solutions to problems commonly encountered by students and teachers in learning and teaching ESP.
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