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English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) VIRTUAL Open Meeting

  • 1.  English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) VIRTUAL Open Meeting

    Posted 31-03-2022 10:22 AM
    Please join us for the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) virtual Open Meeting on April 12, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 (ET).  To register, follow the link on the myTESOL event page.

    In the meeting, you can learn more about the ESP-IS, network with ESP professionals, and contribute to our goals and planning for the 2022-2023 year. To begin, check out the Padlet from the Open Meeting we hosted at the in-person Convention, and feel free to add comments! We will continue building from these ideas, and frame our ESP-IS mission collaboratively in the meeting.

    I hope to see you there!

    Jennifer Roberts
    ESP-IS Chair 2022-2023

    Jennifer Roberts
    Aviation English Specialist
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    United States

  • 2.  RE: English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) VIRTUAL Open Meeting

    Posted 01-04-2022 01:52 PM

    Howdy Jennifer – Your invitation reminds of the three (3) separate classes I taught to college students---in my neck of the woods.  Though most students were at the beginner learning level, some were able to grasp the idea of learning thru Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) methodology. From that, for students with still a tenuous learning outcome, I ended up assigning a self-taught field learning instructions from which students could write their field interactions based on the project given to them, and I would grade their work following the syllabus grading criteria.

    What I particularly like about this pedagogy was, and still is, the freedom given to students as they personalize their learning progress.  It provided a sense of ownership toward their knowledge of English, developmentally.  The genre was varied and far from being stringent---therefore a perfect designed for adult college students with busy life's schedules. My take away from ESP-IS method was the realization that dichotomizing students learning-plan does work---for college level students. Which implies a slight research to season their personalized learning is in fact advantageous.  Further, most of my students intermediate writing level did improve greatly to advance writers at the end of our semester.  I'll end here.  Enjoy teaching your students this Spring Semester and ensure they are learning the foundational.  Let's chat back on this podium again soon.  

    MerriLee  Leonard
    Greenville Univesity
    Author:  Beginner English Grammar Guide for English as a Second Language Students (1st Ed).