Tag Archives: English for Specific Purposes

The Power of ESP: An Exercise in Conceptualization

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! The 2014 Cross-Strait International Conference on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) took place from 3–5 October at Asia University in Taiwan. At that conference, Margaret van Naerssen gave a presentation titled “ESP Can Be A Really Sharp Tool!” … Continue reading

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ESP and Communicating Bad News  

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! A couple of years ago, I heard the following ESP story related to the global financial crisis. An ESPer had been conducting language training in a company when his students asked him to teach them how to … Continue reading

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Taking Risks in ESP – A Sign of Expertise?

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! What does it mean to take risks as an ESP practitioner? Is such risk-taking a sign of expertise? This TESOL Blog post is inspired by an article in the area of professional communication that I first read … Continue reading

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Trust, Leadership, and Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! I recently watched the commencement address of an MBA student at Harvard Business School with great interest. In an article that appeared on the Poets & Quants website, the commencement address of Casey Gerald was referred to … Continue reading

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One Side of ESP: English for Occupational Purposes

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! One thing that I have really enjoyed about my career in ESP has been the opportunity to work in academic and occupational settings. In other words, I have been able to create and/or teach ESP courses in … Continue reading

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ESP Interview Training: Identifying Leadership

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! In an organizational leadership seminar that I teach at KUIS in Japan, we were looking closely at behavioral-based interview questions in the career guide of a large university in the United States. All of the questions seemed … Continue reading

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ESP with a little e: Identifying and Meeting Learner Needs

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! One-on-one conversations with our students are valuable because we can often learn about their specific needs for English language communication skills. Such needs are not always apparent and not always covered in a particular kind of English class. … Continue reading

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Teaching Business Case Studies From a Leadership Perspective

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! In Japan, the school year starts in April. In one of my classes for undergraduate students in the International Business Career (IBC) major at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), I teach business case studies. I have … Continue reading

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An ESP Poetry Tale: The Kenneth Rexroth Symposium at KUIS

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As April is U.S. National Poetry month, I was asked to submit a poetry-related blog post. I actually do have an ESP-related story to tell. In the year 2007, a poetry symposium on Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was … Continue reading

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TESOL 2014 for ESPers Worldwide!

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! The TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo is taking place from 26–29 March in Portland, Oregon, USA! How do you get the most out of the convention? My suggestion is that you conduct a personal … Continue reading

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