On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 1

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I have just finished teaching a summer ESL course entitled “Cross-Cultural Talk”—a speaking class that focuses on language fluency at a low-intermediate level of language proficiency. Because I always try to help my students to become more familiar with the campus environment and use resources available on it (as all of them will be “regular” university students soon after they finish their intensive English course), I designed my syllabus around cross-cultural topics that could be explored both on campus and beyond.

That is, for each unit of the course, I spent one day discussing the target topic in its relation to our local campus and one day discussing the same topic on a broader scale—in its relation to American society/culture. In both days, students were also expected to share experiences from their own cultures. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Marcelo Concario

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we travel to Brazil to meet Dr. Marcelo Concario at São Paulo State University, who was introduced to me by ESP project leader, Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie. Marcelo’s research and teaching in the areas of content-based instruction (CBI) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL) include strands of ESP as students learn the language they need to know for other courses and are prepared for specific activities that involve communication in English. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Charles Browne

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

This ESP project leader profile features Dr. Charles Browne, who was one of my former supervisors at Sony many years ago. His bio from Meiji Gakuin University in Japan, where he is a professor, includes his work in the area of vocabulary acquisition. Continue reading

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Using Pictures in the ESL Classroom

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

Pictures are one of the most obvious and common resources for teaching English as a second or foreign language. After all, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If we can get our students to respond to a single image with a thousand of their own words, or a hundred, or ten or even one, under certain circumstances, that can be a significant step toward language production. In this post, I discuss some ways to use photos in the your classroom. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Gina Mikel Petrie

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we meet Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie from Eastern Washington University, and she shares with us her ESP work in Nicaragua. I was introduced to Gina by another ESP project leader, Mike Ennis, who is located in Italy. The world is indeed a small place when our friends and colleagues are not only living next to us but also living halfway around the world away from us! Please read Gina’s bio: Continue reading

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