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,