Tag Archives: English for Specific Purposes

Inspiration for ESP Collaboration: GPS at UCSD

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! At the same time that TESOL International Association is making changes to its governance, the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies  (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is changing its name. The new … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Learners for the Unexpected

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! In the training that we do as ESP practitioners, we are often preparing our students to do something that they will be expected to do. For example, we may be preparing students for presentations that they will … Continue reading

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ESP Giants at TESOL 2015 in Toronto!

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! If you were able to attend the conference in Toronto, I would love to hear your voice in the comments to this TESOL Blog post below! Since I was unable to attend the conference this year, I … Continue reading

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David Kertzner’s Two Cents on Technology in ESP

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESPer, I listen to David Kertzner when he talks. Why? I expect to learn something. David’s company, Proactive English, is described on its website as “a web-integrated, English language and communication training provider serving multinational … Continue reading

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Disney Music for Business English Training

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! How do you get your students to visualize certain business situations when you are in the classroom? For such visualization, I have found Disney’s “Behind the Mic” video of the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen … Continue reading

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ESPers as Active Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESP practitioner, how often do you find yourself in the role of a student? In this TESOL Blog post, I will focus on the ESPer’s role as a learner based on some of my own … Continue reading

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The Personal Brands of ESPers

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESPer, what do you consider to be your area of expertise? Do you specialize in working with a specific group of professionals such as medical doctors or lawyers? Do you excel in training others to make … Continue reading

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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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