Global Resources and Leadership Development in ESP

Hello ESPers worldwide!

I would like to invite you to join me in an exciting adventure of building a global network of ESP leaders who create what was named “The ESP Dream Center” (by Waddah in Yemen during the recent global discussion on ESP hosted by ESP leaders of IATEFL and TESOL during the month of February 2012). This blog is the first step toward nurturing the seed of “global sharing” (or “ESP for humanity”) that was planted during that discussion.

The purpose of this blog is to do the following:

  1. I will identify and share at least one resource per week that ESPers worldwide can use for their research, education, and/or work. The TESOL Resource Center (TRC) will provide a place for these resources to be stored in the future, and members and nonmembers will have free access to them. In other words, the TRC will be slowly transformed into the ESP Dream Center.
  2. My goal is to build a network of ESP leaders worldwide who share in this dream of creating a global resource center for ESPers in all countries. I will need your help to find individuals who can identify the needs of ESPers in their countries and who can help promote the sharing and collection of resources.
  3. I also desire to develop the leadership skills of ESPers worldwide as we take an active role in meeting the needs of our learners and in developing other ESP experts. My doctoral research is in the area of leadership communication, and I am very interested in leadership development, so I also plan to share ideas and resources in this blog that will help ESPers and their learners to become better leaders, leaders who can do good things in the world.

I will do my best to post to this blog on a weekly basis, given my other responsibilities.

Finally, for those readers who are not familiar with the notion of principled ESP (a term I first heard used by Margaret van Naerssen), I would like to share a resource that has already been shared many times and is currently only officially accessible to TESOL members, but I am confident that it will become globally accessible soon. It is the TESOL ESP IS PowerPoint Presentation titled English for Specific Purposes: An Overview for Practitioners and Clients  (Knight, Lomperis, van Naerssen, Westerfield; Academic & Corporate, 2010).

Thank you very much for your participation and support in this great adventure! I will see you next week!

Kevin

About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (doctoral candidate in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is Chair of the ESP IS (2011-2012) and will become Immediate Past Chair (2012-2013). He teaches English for specific purposes (ESP), business, and organizational leadership in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career Program) and the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. He has over 25 years of experience during which he has worked for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research is on leadership communication and development.
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7 Responses to Global Resources and Leadership Development in ESP

  1. Hani says:

    Hi all
    I have been teaching English for medical purposes for more than 13 years. I am doing my PhD in ESP teacher training. I need more resources about this topic.

  2. Waddah A. Alhumaidi says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Yes. I will email you a ppt I delivered in the IATEFL conference in Brighton last year. I can also provide other materials.
    Waddah

  3. Hi Kevin,

    I’m very interested in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). I taught English for civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique back in 1992-1993. I haven’t done any work with that kind of focus since then but sure would like to. Thanks for starting the ESP Dream Center.

    I have a few question regarding the TESOL PowerPoint on ESP:
    1. Why doesn’t TESOL focus on EOP? I read that it only focuses on EAP. In my situation in Mozambique, the students needed both types of instruction.

    2. Why isn’t culture mentioned in slides 15-17? In our global economy, students need to learn about the crosscultural aspects of workplace behaviors and norms.

    3. On slide no. 14, item #2 states “conduct effective marketing” as one of the effective strategies. Are these in descending order? Shouldn’t this go later, as well as item #1?

    One of the correlations I see with ESP is the field of performance consulting, something I’m studying now. The core principals of ESP indicate that is driven by needs, which is similar to conducting a performance analysis. Also, the goals must be specific and relevant, such is the case for the business sector’s management by objectives (MOB).

    • Kevin Knight Kevin Knight says:

      Hi Sandra,
      I’ll try to answer below your questions about the TESOL PowerPoint on ESP.
      Thanks for the questions!
      Kevin
      ————————————
      1. Why doesn’t TESOL focus on EOP? I read that it only focuses on EAP. In my situation in Mozambique, the students needed both types of instruction.

      Your question is interesting because the PPT was originally created for the following audiences:
      1. ESPers who need to explain ESP to clients (EOP or EAP); in fact, the PPT was considered a communication tool especially for EOPers presenting program proposals to corporate clients, and the four authors have had extensive EOP experience.
      2. ESPers who are unclear about the meaning of ESP (e.g., ESP is not the same thing as CBI). In fact, the IATEFL-TESOL discussion (link in the blog post) contains comments and other resources in this regard.

      2. Why isn’t culture mentioned in slides 15-17? In our global economy, students need to learn about the crosscultural aspects of workplace behaviors and norms

      I definitely agree that culture is important. The collaborative month-long discussion between the IC and ESP Interest Sections titled “The Impact of Culture on Effective Communication in ESP Contexts” can be accessed at the following link:
      http://community.tesol.org/vb/showthread.php?t=169

      As Kay Westerfield posted in the discussion above, “At our ESP and IC Intersection session at the upcoming TESOL Convention in Philadelphia, we’ll also explore the cultures of specific discourse communities, for example, engineers or scientists, as reflected in genre analysis.” The PowerPoint itself refers more to this aspect of culture.

      3. On slide no. 14, item #2 states “conduct effective marketing” as one of the effective strategies. Are these in descending order? Shouldn’t this go later, as well as item #1?

      In the book, Effective Practices in Workplace Language Training noted in that slide, the following explanation is given.

      “The effective practices are organized into nine groups, with three to five subpractices under each major practice. Though necessary for topical reasons, this structure presents a potentially misleading sense of linearity. In fact, the process of establishing a relationship with a client, conducting needs assessments, designing and developing a training program, and evaluating outcomes is highly iterative. Provider and client often refine their understanding of needs as training, and the formative evaluation that accompanies it, proceed. In other words, the process of setting up and sustaining a workplace language training program is not linear, but overlapping and ongoing.” (p. xi)

  4. Waddah A. Alhumaidi says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Thank you very much for this appealing introduction. On my part, in line with the nature of my post as English Materials and Curricula Specialist Coordinator, which is the same as or very close to the post description of ESP Specialist Coordinator in the Ministry of Technical Education & Vocational Training, Yemen(a govt. institution responsible for vocational and technical education and training, accreditation and certification activities for both public and private sectors). I, again, declare my an incredibly willingness to work and participate in building such universal project to the best of my abilities and as far as I am concerned.
    Our ESP resources are involving a diversity prospectus of specialties that were tailored and developed to meet our own educational and training needs to English for communication, specific, and occupational purposes. However, they are not internationally recognized. They are our modest achievements since the establishment of the Ministry in 2001. Therefore, they are noteworthy in terms of global sharing and potentials of improvement and development.

    Waddah

    • Kevin Knight Kevin Knight says:

      Hi Waddah,

      Do you have any resources (PPT presentations, teaching materials, etc.) that you would like to share with other ESPers worldwide? Please send me e-mail!

      It’s good to see you here!

      Kevin

    • Wellington says:

      Hi Kevin,I’m very interested in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). I thagut English for civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique back in 1992-1993. I haven’t done any work with that kind of focus since then but sure would like to. Thanks for starting the ESP Dream Center. I have a few question regarding the TESOL PowerPoint on ESP:1. Why doesn’t TESOL focus on EOP? I read that it only focuses on EAP. In my situation in Mozambique, the students needed both types of instruction.2. Why isn’t culture mentioned in slides 15-17? In our global economy, students need to learn about the crosscultural aspects of workplace behaviors and norms.3. On slide no. 14, item #2 states conduct effective marketing as one of the effective strategies. Are these in descending order? Shouldn’t this go later, as well as item #1? One of the correlations I see with ESP is the field of performance consulting, something I’m studying now. The core principals of ESP indicate that is driven by needs, which is similar to conducting a performance analysis. Also, the goals must be specific and relevant, such is the case for the business sector’s management by objectives (MOB).

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