ESP Project Leader Profile: Elizabeth Matthews

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we visit Elizabeth Matthews at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In her profile, she addresses aviation English, the development of leadership skills in pilots and cabin crew, and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language policy creation. On a personal note, I was extremely impressed that she was writing this profile and a newsletter article for ESP News (the ESPIS newsletter), while she was evacuating Daytona Beach due to Hurricane Irma! Continue reading

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Got the Offer? Contract Details Not to Miss

Maxi-Ann Campbell
Maxi-Ann Campbell

So, you got the job. That’s great! Before signing the contract, there are a few details that you should confirm with your potential employer. Continue reading

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Practical Considerations for Teaching English Abroad

Maxi-Ann Campbell
Maxi-Ann Campbell

One concern I heard at TESOL’s 2017 Convention was the decreasing size of English language programs in the United States. Whether it’s because of the turbulent politics on travel bans or a combination of other factors, many ESL teachers are losing their jobs. The good news is that the trend in the United States does not reflect the trend in other countries. It might be time to start considering teaching English abroad! Even if you are not facing job loss, teaching outside your home country may be just the opportunity to expand your skill set and reinvigorate your excitement about the field. Continue reading

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ESP for Developing Creativity

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I have been thinking recently how ESP may be a good way to develop creativity. As I wrote in Marta Baffy’s profile, ESP project leaders seem to have expertise in multiple areas. Having expertise in multiple areas and being involved in problem-solving activities may lead to innovative solutions. In this post, I reflect on some of my own experiences. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Kirsten Schaetzel

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In the 35th ESP Project Leader Profile, we meet Kirsten Schaetzel, who was previously a program director at Georgetown Law School and is currently an ESL specialist at Emory University School of Law. (My thanks go again to ESP project leader, Stephen Horowitz, for recommending Kirsten!) In this profile, Kirsten describes leadership in ESP contexts as curricular decision making. Before reading Kirsten’s profile, I had read an article about decision making in international relations in the light of the behavioral revolution (Hafner-Burton, Haggard, Lake, & Victor, 2017). Accordingly, as I read Kirsten’s account of project leadership, I continued to ask myself, “Why do ESP project leaders make the decisions that we do?” Continue reading

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