ESP Sessions at the TESOL Convention in Toronto

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

Have you seen the Program Book for the TESOL convention in Toronto? For ESP practitioners and researchers, there are some very exciting and informative sessions! In this TESOL Blog post, I would like to share some information about these sessions with you! (The descriptions below are replicated from the Program Book.)

Best Practices in ESP Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Wednesday, 9 am–4 pm
This workshop introduces best practices in ESP program design, implementation, and evaluation, and provides a practical toolkit for both new and experienced practitioners in ESP. Participants receive hands-on practice with needs assessment instruments and discourse analysis frameworks for ESP, as well as access to a website with online resources.
Kay Westerfield, University of Oregon, USA
Ethel Swartley, University of Denver, USA

Building Global Bridges Through U.S. Government Sponsored ESP Projects
Thursday, 1 pm–2:45 pm
The U.S. Departments of State and Defense send ELT professionals across borders every year to aid in developing ESP programs that affect populations from illiterate street vendors to Supreme Court Justices and everyone in between. Panelists share about the challenges and best practices involved in sustaining these programs.
Jaclyn Gishbaugher, The Ohio State University, USA
Dawn Bikowski, Ohio University, USA
Charles Hall, University of Memphis, USA
Diane Whaley, Department of State, USA
Peggy Garza, Partner Language Training Center Europe, Germany
Robert Engel, Defense Language Institute English Language Center, USA
Lottie Baker, DoS English Languages Programs, Thailand

English for Specific Purposes
Thursday, 26 March, 5 pm–6:30 pm, Room 203D

Some of the participants are already making plans to go out to eat after the Open Meeting. I encourage you to attend the meeting and to get involved in the ESP-IS activities.

The ESP sessions in the Program Book are listed below. I am very interested in many of these sessions, including the first three sessions below, and the Saturday session about building bridges between ESP practitioners and content experts. Of course, you may also find sessions of interest that are not listed below, such as the session on how language proficiency standards impact air transportation safety (Saturday, 1 pm–2:45 pm).



9:30 am–10:15 am: John Swales’s Genre Analysis: A Perspective From 25 Years On

11:30 am–1:15 pm: Aligning English Training With National Economic Policy: Challenges and Responses

1 pm–2:45 pm: Building Global Bridges Through U.S. Government Sponsored ESP Projects

1 pm–2:45 pm: English for Academic Purposes Across Disciplines in the Canadian University

2 pm–2:45 pm: Promoting Intercultural Communication and Collaboration With an Online Simulation

4 pm–4:45 pm: Hospital Employees: Designing and Teaching a Speaking and Pronunciation Course

5 pm–5:45 pm: Fresh Approaches to English Tutoring


11:30 am–12:15 pm: Supporting Multilingual Scholars’ Scientific Writing for Publication

11:30 am–12:15 pm: Undergraduate Understandings: Stance and Engagement in L2 Undergraduate Writing

12:30 pm–1:45 pm: An English Syllabus Design to Foster Global Mindedness

12:30 pm–1:45 pm: Implementing ESL for Acculturation and Public Ministry

1 pm–2:45 pm: Skills for Effective Business Communication: Efficiency, Collaboration, and Success

3 pm–4:45 pm: Using Context of Situation to Cross Borders in Law Schools

5 pm–5:45 pm: Utilizing Moodle as Your One-Stop Shop in the ESP Classroom


9:30 am–11:15 am: Crossing Borders, Gaining Global Perspectives, Developing Medical Materials

11:30 am–12:15 pm: NNES Graduate Student Writing Across Disciplines: Meeting Reader Expectations?

12:30 pm–1:45 pm: Collaborating Across Borders to Develop Teachers of Military English

12:30 pm–1:45 pm: Creating an English for Specific Purposes Program: Steps and Strategies

12:30 pm–1:45 pm: ESP for Internationally Educated Nurses: From Analysis to Application

1 pm–1:45 pm: Perspectives on Teaching English to STEM Professionals

2 pm–2:45 pm: Business as “Unusual”: Target Situation Analysis for Government Project Managers

3 pm–3:45 pm: Building Bridges Between ESP Practitioners and Content Experts

4 pm–4:45 pm: Engineering English: Bridging Disciplines to Ensure Student Success

5 pm–5:45 pm: Science Poster Sessions: An Authentic Academic Experience for Students

Take a close look at the sessions above using the online itinerary planner (and at other sessions in the Program Book) to determine how best to meet your professional development needs as an ESP practitioner and/or researcher!

All the best,


About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
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One Response to ESP Sessions at the TESOL Convention in Toronto

  1. Adeel Khalid says:

    I am working on Nursing English in Pakistan: A case for ESP…..I would really encourage you if you can provide your valuable guidance in terms of your feedback, articles, book chapters or anything else.
    My contention is to evaluate the existing curriculum vis-a-vis needs analysis and the requirement of the roles they are required to perform at their workplaces.
    Best Regards

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