Global Resources in ESP: Two books on Professional Communication

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I am more excited than ever about the future of ESP because there is a growing need worldwide for communication skills in professional and academic settings. At TESOL 2013, I came across a wonderful book at the Routledge booth:

S. Schnurr (2012). Exploring Professional Communication: Language in Action. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

If you are new to the field of professional communication, I highly recommend it.

At TESOL, I find that many members have acquired expertise in training and in obtaining stakeholder agreement, which is necessary for creating and implementing training programs for many different types of organizations.

From my own doctoral research in leadership discourse and related studies in professional communication/linguistics, I have also seen the need to understand professional communication at a deeper level. I would love to see ESPers add value to the work that they are doing by developing training programs through robust on-site research.

Therefore, I hope you have the chance to learn more about the field of professional communication from Schnurr’s book. If you want to read something challenging after Schnurr’s introductory text, take a look at the following:

C. N. Candlin & S. Sarangi (eds.) (2011). Handbook of Communication in Organizations and Professions. Berlin, Germany: deGruyter.

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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