A Model for TESOL Leaders: A Virtual Choir

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

Before the start of a business English class for adult learners in Japan, the students and I were looking at the Virtual Choir 2.0 first presented by composer Eric Whitacre in a 2011 Ted Talk titled A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong. Although I had watched the TED Talk before, I was focused in this viewing on listening to a leader describing a successful project. As such, I thought that perhaps the TED Talk could be a useful model for ESP project leaders. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Pam Dzunu

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we visit Washington University in St. Louis in the United States to meet Pam Dzunu. Continue reading

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Are Your ELs Ready to Exit ESL?

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

How do you know if your English learners (ELs) are ready to exit their ESL program?
Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, public schools must ensure that English learners can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. ELs should not be exited from programs until they have become proficient according to a reliable English language proficiency assessment. Continue reading

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How will TESOL ESPIS Researchers and Practitioners Change the World?

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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I have been thinking about the following question recently: How will ESP researchers and practitioners change the world? The reason that I am asking this question is the focus of this blog post. My story starts with Andy Curtis, a former president of TESOL International Association. Continue reading

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ESP Strands in a Business Case Study Program

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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A few months ago, I was invited to create and participate (with my Japanese colleagues) in an intensive English program (IEP) for undergraduate students from Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS, my university in Japan) and from a university in South Korea. In order to meet this challenge, I needed to draw on a business internship program that I had created in the KUIS Career Education Center many years earlier. Continue reading

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