Practical Considerations for Teaching English Abroad


Maxi-Ann Campbell

One concern I heard at TESOL’s 2017 Convention was the decreasing size of English language programs in the United States. Whether it’s because of the turbulent politics on travel bans or a combination of other factors, many ESL teachers are losing their jobs. The good news is that the trend in the United States does not reflect the trend in other countries. It might be time to start considering teaching English abroad! Even if you are not facing job loss, teaching outside your home country may be just the opportunity to expand your skill set and reinvigorate your excitement about the field. Continue reading

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ESP for Developing Creativity

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I have been thinking recently how ESP may be a good way to develop creativity. As I wrote in Marta Baffy’s profile, ESP project leaders seem to have expertise in multiple areas. Having expertise in multiple areas and being involved in problem-solving activities may lead to innovative solutions. In this post, I reflect on some of my own experiences. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Kirsten Schaetzel

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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In the 35th ESP Project Leader Profile, we meet Kirsten Schaetzel, who was previously a program director at Georgetown Law School and is currently an ESL specialist at Emory University School of Law. (My thanks go again to ESP project leader, Stephen Horowitz, for recommending Kirsten!) In this profile, Kirsten describes leadership in ESP contexts as curricular decision making. Before reading Kirsten’s profile, I had read an article about decision making in international relations in the light of the behavioral revolution (Hafner-Burton, Haggard, Lake, & Victor, 2017). Accordingly, as I read Kirsten’s account of project leadership, I continued to ask myself, “Why do ESP project leaders make the decisions that we do?” Continue reading

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ESP and the Power of Persuasion

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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In a business English class, we were looking at the Monroe Motivated Sequence, which is a framework used to make a persuasive presentation. If you look carefully at the steps in the framework, you can see connections to ESP program development. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Vince Ricci

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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In this ESP project leader profile, we meet Vince Ricci, who wears many hats. He is both an ESP practitioner and a graduate school/MBA admissions counselor when he works with his Japanese clients to prepare them for the top universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Continue reading

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ESP Training for Student Consulting Purposes

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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I was reflecting on my ELT program development recently, and I recognized that my leadership development programs are often connected to consulting. For such consulting activities, there may be a need for ESP training. In this TESOL Blog post, I would like to focus on a few programs that are listed on my website – The Leadership Connection Project. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Marta Baffy

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we meet Marta Baffy, a lawyer and a linguist at Georgetown Law in the United States. (I love how ESP researchers and practitioners often have expertise in multiple areas.) Continue reading

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Teaching to PreK-5 ELs’ Learning Styles

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The term learning styles refers to the belief that every student has a unique approach to learning.  A student’s learning style refers to the way that he/she processes and retains information. Although English learners (ELs) may be literate in their home languages, they might experience many challenges when acquiring English because they are accustomed to learning through a different style. How does an ESL or classroom teacher differentiate instruction for the myriad learning styles of their students? Continue reading

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Presidential Beginnings: My First 100 Days

Ester De Jong
Ester De Jong

In my first 100 days serving as president of TESOL International Association, I have already had several opportunities to see the amazing work we collectively engage in, as an association and as professionals in the field, and I have seen how much our work matters. Continue reading

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Music and Technology with Argentina TESOL

Guest Author
Guest Author

TESOL affiliate Argentina TESOL held its annual convention in May, and TESOL Board Member Misty Adoniou was invited to deliver a keynote. In this post, she discusses her visit with ARTESOL. Continue reading

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