At the ESP IS Open Meeting at TESOL 2012, Sarah Sahr, TESOL professional development manager, announced that the TESOL Resource Center (TRC) would make some resources available free of charge to everyone in the world – members and nonmembers of TESOL. That means ESPers could use the TRC to share resources worldwide!
Of course, some TRC resources would be available to TESOL members only, but TESOL members would be able to use these resources in their various professional activities around the globe.
This is very good news!
As ESPers, our work is clearly cut out for us. We need to fill the TRC with resources that are valuable for ESPers. In this way, we create the TESOL Dream Center described in previous posts.
One resource that I noticed at a booth at TESOL 2012 was American English Online, provided by the U.S. Department of State. According to the site:
The Office of English Language Program staff in Washington, D.C. provides academic expertise, advisory and consultative assistance, and materials resources worldwide. They also organize several exchange programs that send American academics overseas at the request of American Embassies or Consulates to conduct activities related to training, methodology, curriculum development, needs analysis, textbook development, program evaluation, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).
People around the world need English communication skills in their work and in their training, and ESPers are dedicated to meeting such immediate, real needs. So, if you know of any ESP resource that would be of benefit to ESPers around the world, get ready to share it!
I’ll see you next week!
PS – I am now Immediate Past Chair of the TESOL ESP IS (2012-2013).