ESP Training for Student Consulting Purposes

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

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.

The Introduction to the website states:

The Leadership Connection Project website was created for the purpose of recording the various leadership development activities that I have conducted with my students in the Career Education Center and in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Chiba, Japan.

In our profession, it is important to share accomplishments with stakeholders, so on the website I have identified the departments of my university together with the relevant programs:
KUIS Career Education Center

KUIS Intercultural Communication Department (International Business Career Major)

KUIS Self-Access Learning Center

KUIS International Affairs Division

I consider the six programs above  to be related to the development of leaders because I conceptualize leadership as involving communication to create and to achieve visions. In each of the six programs, the students communicate to create visions and to achieve those visions.

Four of the six programs include consulting activities:

  • Kevin’s Company
  • Leadership seminars
  • Global Leadership Competition in the SALC
  • Inaugural Global Challenge Program

As consultants, the students work in teams (or alone) to create visions for organizations (i.e., the clients) through the following activities:

  • interacting (through email and/or face to face) with leaders of the organizations
  • conducting research about the organizations online and onsite
  • analyzing the internal and external environments to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, etc.
  • delivering recommendations (to the leaders of the organizations) in PowerPoint presentations

When the students deliver their recommendations in PowerPoint presentations, they are creating visions.

The ESP strands of each program are connected with the students’ needs for English as a communication tool in their roles as consultants. For example, the instructor may need to help the students to do the following in English:

  • conduct research online and/or onsite (and accordingly participate in interviews, meetings, discussions, etc.)
  • write email to various stakeholders (including leaders of the organizations as well as mentors/coaches)
  • create and deliver presentations

The students’ needs to use English as a communication tool are immediate needs.

In connection with such immediate needs for communication in English, the students may need to learn specific content. The content is related to the consulting project. Consider the following examples:

  • In Kevin’s Company, the students recommend how to improve the business operations of British Hills, a resort and educational training facility in Japan.
  • In the leadership seminars and in the Global Leadership Competition in the SALC, the students provide consulting services for the KUIS SALC.
  • In the Global Challenge Program, the students needed to understand the food industry in Japan and the business operations of the retail outlets of a food company.

The teacher may not be an expert in such content but may be able to teach the students how to find what they need on their own (i.e., self-access learning). In addition, in some cases, the students may have content available in Japanese and need to learn how to communicate the Japanese content in the English language.

In summary, in the four programs that include consulting activities, the instructor is a leader of consulting teams. The members of these teams are themselves acting as leaders when they provide their recommendations (i.e., visions) to their respective clients. The need for ESP training depends on the immediate needs of the students for English communication skills in their roles as consultants.

Good luck with your ESP and leadership development activities!

All the best,
Kevin

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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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A Model for TESOL Leaders: A Virtual Choir

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

Before the start of a business English class for adult learners in Japan, the students and I were looking at the Virtual Choir 2.0 first presented by composer Eric Whitacre in a 2011 Ted Talk titled A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong. Although I had watched the TED Talk before, I was focused in this viewing on listening to a leader describing a successful project. As such, I thought that perhaps the TED Talk could be a useful model for ESP project leaders. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Pam Dzunu

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we visit Washington University in St. Louis in the United States to meet Pam Dzunu. Continue reading

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Are Your ELs Ready to Exit ESL?

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

How do you know if your English learners (ELs) are ready to exit their ESL program?
Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, public schools must ensure that English learners can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. ELs should not be exited from programs until they have become proficient according to a reliable English language proficiency assessment. Continue reading

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How will TESOL ESPIS Researchers and Practitioners Change the World?

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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I have been thinking about the following question recently: How will ESP researchers and practitioners change the world? The reason that I am asking this question is the focus of this blog post. My story starts with Andy Curtis, a former president of TESOL International Association. Continue reading

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ESP Strands in a Business Case Study Program

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

A few months ago, I was invited to create and participate (with my Japanese colleagues) in an intensive English program (IEP) for undergraduate students from Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS, my university in Japan) and from a university in South Korea. In order to meet this challenge, I needed to draw on a business internship program that I had created in the KUIS Career Education Center many years earlier. Continue reading

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