Contribute to the ESPIS Library in myTESOL

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

As you know, TESOL International Association has launched a new platform called myTESOL. Accordingly, we are in the process of moving documents and links from the old ESPIS library (in the discontinued TESOL Community Network) to the new ESPIS Library (in the newly established myTESOL). In addition, we have moved the online discussions, including a one-month discussion with leaders from the TESOL ESPIS and the IATEFL ESP SIG about ESP that is 261 pages and 65,707 words in length! In this TESOL Blog post, my purpose is to annnnounce the opening of the ESPIS Library in myTESOL to the world in January 2017 and to ask for your contribution of items now! (Only TESOL members have access to myTESOL until January 2017, when it will be open to the general public.)

In the new  ESPIS Library, you can now find the following online discussions.

  1. ESPIS Discussions 2011–2012
  • Onsite ESL Programs From Best Practices to Reality on the Ground
  • Teaching Tips and Success Stories in ESP
  • Exploring for Excellence in EMP Practice
  • The Impact of Culture on Effective Communication in ESP Contexts
  • TESOL & IATEFL Discussion on ESP
  1. ESPIS Discussion 2013
  • The Face of the Profession
  1. Practitioner Reading Group

The PowerPoint presentations (PPTs) include “English for Specific Purposes: An Overview for Practitioners and Clients (Academic & Corporate)” and some other PPTs with more to be added soon.

The library also contains a list of the ESPIS chairs from 1992–2018:

  • 2017–2018: Esther Perez (Perez Apple & Company, USA)
  • 2016–2017: Robert Connor (Tulane University, USA)
  • 2015–2016: Jaclyn Gishbaugher (Ohio State University, USA)
  • 2014–2015: Kristin Ekkens (C3 Consulting, USA)
  • 2013–2014: Yinghuei Chen (Asia University, Taiwan)
  • 2012–2013: Najma Janjua (Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan)
  • 2011–2012: Kevin Knight (Kanda University of International Studies, Japan)
  • 2010–2011: David Kertzner (ProActive English, USA)
  • 2009–2010: Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
  • 2008–2009: Oswald (Ozzy) Jochum (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria)
  • 2007–2008: Karen Schwelle (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • 2006–2007: Ruth Yontz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • 2005–2006: Charles Hall (University of Memphis, USA)
  • 2004–2005: Debra Lee (Nashville State Technical Community College, USA)
  • 2003–2004: Mark R. Freiermuth (University of Aizu, Japan)
  • 2002–2003: Ethel C. Swartley (Drexel University, USA)
  • 2001–2002: Jane Lockwood (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • 2000–2001: Thomas Orr (University of Aizu, Japan)
  • 1999–2000: Judith Gordon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • 1998–1999: Leslie Olsen (University of Michigan, USA)
  • 1997–1998: Joan Friedenberg (Southern Illinois University, USA)
  • 1995–1997: Margaret van Naerssen (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • 1993–1995: Laraine Kaminsky (Malkam Consultants Ltd., Canada)
  • 1992–1993: Kay Westerfield (University of Oregon, USA)

In addition, I would like to add links from each of the ESP News articles to the ESPIS Library for easy access.  At this time, you can find links to the following articles from the October 2016 edition of ESP News:

If you are a TESOL member now, I hope that you will take the time to log into myTESOL and visit the library. In addition, please share a link or a file. It is very easy to do! After you log in, click on “Participation.” Then click on “Share a File.” You will be given several options related to the type of file you would like to share.

Please also consider what kinds of resources that you find valuable in your own work. In my case, I plan to add links related to creating business and marketing plans, metaphor analysis, conversation analysis, and intellectual property protection.  I would love to see links and articles added that relate to ESP research and practice.

If you are not a TESOL member now, do you have an item that should be in the ESPIS Library? ESPIS Community Manager Tarana Patel is leading the ESPIS library-building effort, so feel free to contact Tarana or me.

From January 2017 when myTESOL is open to the general public, I hope to see TESOL members and others directly adding resources to the ESPIS Library. I look forward to seeing what you add!

All the best,

About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
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