Tag Archives: ESP

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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Connecting Career Education, Women, and TESOL Leadership

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! How do you prepare your female students for success in the workplace? A Ted Talk that addresses gender inequality in workplace training recently inspired me. That TED Talk, titled “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get,” provides … Continue reading

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Business English and an American Football Star: Focus on Improvement

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! What is the connection between the learners in a business English class in Japan and the accomplishment of an American football star? In this TESOL Blog post, I will tell you that story. My story begins in … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds for Career Success

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! Several years ago, I was selected to represent the Kanda Gaigo Career College (KGCC) in the annual staff meeting of the Kanda Gaigo Group in Japan. Actually, you could say that I was competing against the staff … 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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Lessons From Sperling: ESP With a Supersized E!

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! I was recently inspired by an article by Heather Hiles about the life of John Sperling, the founder of the University of Phoenix. Sperling was focused on meeting the needs of “nontraditional” students. For ESPers, I think that … 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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A Conference Call Simulation for Advanced Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! Sometimes, you get lucky! Or maybe I should say, sometimes things come together in just the right way. In this TESOL Blog post, I am going to focus on how such things came together to produce a … Continue reading

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