Friday, May 14, 2010

Preparing to Teach ESP in the Real World

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:00 am –11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time in the United States

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(2:00 pm–3:30 pm, June 3, 2010 GMT)

English language teachers are often asked to teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses in call centers and in multilingual workplaces, such as resorts or factories run by international corporations. Because few teachers have had specific coursework or training in workplace ESP, this seminar will focus on the needs of both in-service and future ESP trainers.

Using short case studies, participants will learn how they can prepare themselves to deliver appropriate courses that reflect the needs of all stakeholders.

This method will let us spend much of the seminar focusing on finding and using learning and training resources for ESP trainers. We will also carefully explore how ESP trainers can determine what they need to do, find or design appropriate materials, and assess the effectiveness of their work.

To conclude, we will discuss not only the linguistic issues of workplace ESP but also the cultural and psychological challenges both trainers and trainees can face.

Learning Outcomes

Increase your familiarity with best practices in ESP
Know your limits and build your abilities
Learn to find resources to make you a more effective ESP trainer
Conduct a simple needs analysis
Assess the effectiveness of your work
Deal with cross-cultural issues in training
Tackle the issue of which English or Englishes
See your role as an expert user of English rather than as a nonnative teacher

Target Audience

Traditional English language teachers who wish to become ESP workplace trainers
Teachers who are already doing workplace training but are interested in increasing their knowledge of the field

Teacher trainers who wish to include workplace teaching in their classes or curriculum

Owners of language schools who wish to expand into the ESP market


Charles Hall, Ph.D., Dr.h.c., is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Memphis. He has led training workshops sponsored by various organizations, such as the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, in almost 30 countries, recently including Iraq, Sudan, and Timor Leste. His major areas of interest are teaching methodology, ESP for law, and online curriculum development. Hall has held two Senior Fulbright academic year awards.

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