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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!