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Leadership Updates
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
David Kertzner and Robert Connor, ESPIS Co-Editors, 2014-15
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Kristin Ekkens, ESPIS Chair, 2014-15
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DEVELOPING A COMMUNICATION SKILLS PROGRAM FOR MIAMI'S PROFESSIONALS
Esther Perez Apple, Perez Apple & Company, Miami, Florida, USA
In Miami, professionals who are Spanish/English bilinguals are valued by multinational corporations as able to effectively conduct business between the Americas. For some English L2 professionals, however, there is a desire to compete at a higher level and raise English language proficiency to speak more confidently and better engage with English monolinguals.
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A SURVEY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF ESP; THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERT CONTENT PROVIDERS IN TEACHING AND CURRICULUM DESIGN IN LEGAL ENGLISH
Roberta L. Diamond, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

A review of the teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP), and the necessity for developing authentic content for ESL intensive English programs. The best practice for designing a curriculum for ESP is the collaboration of content providers with ESL teachers experienced in materials development. Read More

ARTICULATING AND READING ABOUT THEIR FAITH: USING RELIGIOUS TEXTS FOR LOWER TO INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL RELIGIOUSLY ORIENTED LEARNERS
Nick David, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA & Larry Udry, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, USA
Those learning English for religious reasons face challenges, especially with understanding and speaking aloud religious texts. This article reports on two ESL courses that use authentic religious texts to teach reading skills and pronunciation. Religious texts used, curricular design and instruction, benefits, drawbacks, and applications are discussed. Read More
REFLECTIONS ON TEACHING ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
Ilka Kostka, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA & Susan Olmstead-Wang, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
In this article, we discuss the nature of teaching English for academic purposes (EAP). We highlight a few core components of EAP and invite readers to reflect on their teaching practices in their own academic settings. Read More
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