Global Resources and Leadership Development in ESP: ESP Resources for Training Young Entrepreneurs

Hello ESPers worldwide!

At Kanda University of International Studies, my university in Japan, we will have the privilege of hearing Mr. Adnan Mahmud talk about leadership and entrepreneurship to undergraduates and unemployed adults preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce. Mr. Mahmud is the co-founder and CEO of Jolkona, an organization that connects donors with global philanthropic opportunities and shows the impact of their donations. He is also a full-time program manager at Microsoft.

It was decided that the event will be held in English only and time will be allotted for discussion with Mr. Mahmud, so I will help my students prepare for the event by giving them some ESP training.

Seeing Mr. Mahmud’s presentation in a TED recording has made me think of the importance of ESPers in the English language training of young entrepreneurs worldwide.  From my leadership communication research in particular, I have come to recognize that leaders need to be effective in obtaining stakeholder agreement in a variety of situations, and given the importance of English as a language of global business, ESPers would be in an ideal position to help the new generation of entrepreneurs worldwide in their English communication efforts.

 Therefore, as we wait for the doors of the TESOL Resource Center to be opened to the global sharing of ESP resources, we might think about which resources would best support ESPers in the training of young entrepreneurs.

 I’ll see you next week!

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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One Response to Global Resources and Leadership Development in ESP: ESP Resources for Training Young Entrepreneurs

  1. linkent says:

    It’s very nice to read your articles. Actually I am a Chinese student majoring in Business English. Thank you for your sharing. We have’t much free readings for ESP in china.

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