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FROM THE EDITORS: ESP - THE DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE
David Kertzner, ProActive English and Robert Connor, PhD, Tulane University
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GOVERNING, SEARCHING, AND MARCHING: A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Najma Janjua, Ph.D., ESP-IS Chair
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MY ADVENTURE IN TAIWAN SHARING ESP PROGRAM IN JAPAN
Kevin Knight, Immediate Past Chair (ESP-IS), Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Chiba, Japan
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IATEFL BESIG CONFERENCE, STUTTGART, GERMANY, 16-18 NOVEMBER 2012
Evan Frendo, Freelance Business English Trainer, Teacher Trainer, and Author, Berlin, Germany
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ESP CHALLENGES IN THE WORKPLACE
Kristin Ekkens, EOS Rep, C3 Consulting LLC, Grand Rapids, MI
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ACCENT MODIFICATION FOR THE WORKPLACE: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Shannon Mattern, Community College of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

In response to the challenging reality that native English speakers find nonnative English speakers less credible because they are more difficult to understand, Shannon Mattern shares her exploration of several methods of pronunciation training for workplace settings that can be incorporated into any curriculum. Read More

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USING TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CREATION OF ESP MATERIALS
Dafne Gonzalez and Rubena St. Louis Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

Dafne Gonzalez and Rubena St. Louis report on web applications that enable classroom teachers to develop tailored ESP materials for either blended or fully online courses. Content areas can include vocabulary, listening practice, reading, speaking, and writing skills needed to communicate effectively in today’s world. Read More

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ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES FOR INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS: VOICES FROM JAPANESE FIRST-TIME PRESENTERS
Akiko Tsuda, Nakamura Gakuen University, Japan

Akiko Tsuda provides a distinct perspective on international conventions, sharing her research on the experiences and English language needs of junior dietetic researchers (dieticians) attending an international convention for the first time. Read More

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THROWING CELTA GRADS AN ESP LIFELINE
Ros Wright, Medical English Specialist, Past President and Editor, TESOL France

Ros Wright suggests that for CELTA grads, who are often novice trainers in ESP settings, ESP textbooks are like a lifeline. She points out how they can be critical components of the learners’ discourse community. Read More

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MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT: DO ESP TEXTBOOKS MATTER?
Evan Frendo, Freelance Business English Trainer, Teacher Trainer, and Author, Berlin, Germany

Evan Frendo draws on a wealth of experience as a business English trainer and author in considering a stark question in his piece on materials development: Do ESP textbooks matter? It turns out that the answer differs depending on the stakeholder in an ESP program. Read More

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IRREPLACEABLE ESP COURSES!
Nahida El Assi Farhat, ELSL Training and Consultation Company, Beirut, Lebanon

Nahida El Assi Farhat addresses the effort that students and teachers in Lebanon are making to improve their English. At Beirut Arab University, the administration is now exploring the possibility of offering ESP courses and making them a mandatory requirement in a number of majors. Read More

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E-LIST DISCUSSION IN JANUARY 2013
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