David Kertzner, Ethel C. Swartley, and Kevin Knight
10:00 am–11:30 am U.S. ET Find the program start time in your local area.
Who Should Attend?
Teachers, new and veteran, who are ESP practitioners or are interested in ESP
27 September 2012 Cost:
Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers Register Online Register by Fax or Email (PDF) Registering After the Deadline
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More About This Seminar
The term ESP—English for specific purposes
—is used with increasing frequency to characterize classes that are not general English. These might include workplace ESL classes, college-level ESL classes for jobs training, and classes addressing language for specific industries or professions in academic settings for ESL and EFL. Some ESL practitioners use ESP to describe subject-matter experts providing content-based instruction in university-level courses, taught in English for nonnative speakers. This latter characterization, however, is not widely accepted as “principled” ESP.
At its core, ESP is grounded in well-developed principles for adult learners of a second or foreign language. In this virtual seminar, three veteran ESP teachers identify what principled ESP
means, address ESP best practices, and draw on case studies to stimulate a discussion on ESP program development, curriculum, materials design, and delivery. Topics also include needs assessment, identifying performance goals, and measuring outcomes.
What Will I Learn?
Participants will be able to
- understand a definition of principled ESP
- differentiate between principled ESP and content-based instruction
- determine whether the principles of ESP apply to contexts they are working in
- articulate parameters for evaluating the set up and delivery of ESP training and classes
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About the Presenters David Kertzner
is immediate past chair of TESOL’s ESP Interest Section and founder of ProActive English, delivering on-site training in corporate and vocational settings featuring an e-learning tool he developed. Mr. Kertzner holds a master’s degree in education and has overseen training in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Ethel C. Swartley
is a past chair of TESOL's ESP Interest Section, and her 20 years of ESP experience includes international teacher training and program development in academic and workplace settings. She currently coordinates EAP programs for business, information technology, and other disciplines at the University of Denver English Language Center. Kevin Knight
(doctoral candidate, MBA, MPIA) develops curriculum and teaches ESP in the Department of International Communication and the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies. He started his career in ESP with Sony in Japan and has been the program director of the corporate service division of a career college in Tokyo.