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ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES INTEREST SECTION


Statement of Purpose/Goals

The English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) is open to TESOL members who are interested in research and instruction designed to meet the unique English language needs of students and working adults in specific areas of study and employment by providing special training beyond that which is normally acquired by the average English speaker. The ESPIS fosters the sharing of ideas, expertise, and specialized curricula among ESP practitioners to promote quality research, education, and professional development in ESP.

History

ESP has long been an international movement with great strengths in research and teaching in many parts of the world, including developing countries. Establishing the ESPIS both indicates and validates TESOL's commitment to its international responsibilities.

Daphne Mackey, Kay Westerfield, and Adrian Pilbeam initiated the work to establish an ESPIS at the 1990 TESOL convention in New York. Meetings were well attended by participants interested in promoting the international sharing of ESP experience and expertise.

The proposed IS was given proposals to review for the 1992 TESOL convention in Vancouver and was allotted slots for presentations and discussion groups. The petition to recognize the ESPIS was overwhelmingly approved by the Interest Section Council in Vancouver and was ratified by the Executive Board shortly thereafter. Kay Westerfield was appointed chair (1992–1993), with Laraine Kaminsky as chair-elect. Mary McSwain and Roberta Rettner became the first editors of TESOL ESP News, and Peter Master, the first editor of the TESOL Matters ESP column. In fall 1992, the IS was also awarded its first TESOL Special Projects Grant, submitted by Angela Castro with IS support, to establish the Directory of ESP Professional Services. Today, the ESPIS enjoys active participation from an ever-increasing membership and continually explores better ways to serve ESP professionals in more efficient and effective ways.

ESPIS Leaders

  • Chair: Robert T. Connor
  • Chair-Elect: Esther Perez Apple
  • Past Chair Jaclyn J. Gishbaugher
  • Newsletter Editors: Roberta Diamond, Kevin Knight
  • Community Manager: Tarana Patel
  • Secretary/Archivist: Karen Schwelle
  • Member-at-Large: Christina DeCoursey, Robin Sulkosky, Marvin Hoffland
  • English for Occupational Purposes Representatives: Elizabeth Mathews, John Butcher
  • English for Academic Purposes Representatives: Julia MacRae, Andrew Millford

ESPIS Chairs

ESPIS chairs serve for a 3-year term: as chair-elect (1 year), chair (1 year), and immediate past chair (1 year). The dates below refer to the 1- year term (between TESOL annual conventions) when the listed leader held (or will hold) the position of chair.

  • 2018–2019: Marvin Hoffland (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria)

  • 2017–2018: Esther Perez Apple (Perez Apple & Company, USA)

  • 2016–2017: Robert Connor (Tulane University, USA)

  • 2015–2016: Jaclyn Gishbaugher (Ohio State University, USA)

  • 2014–2015: Kristin Ekkens (C3 Consulting, USA)

  • 2013–2014: Yinghuei Chen (Asia University, Taiwan)

  • 2012–2013: Najma Janjua (Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan)

  • 2011–2012: Kevin Knight (Kanda University of International Studies, Japan)

  • 2010–2011: David Kertzner (ProActive English, USA)

  • 2009–2010: Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)

  • 2008–2009: Oswald (Ozzy) Jochum (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria)

  • 2007–2008: Karen Schwelle (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

  • 2006–2007: Ruth Yontz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

  • 2005–2006: Charles Hall (University of Memphis, USA)

  • 2004–2005: Debra Lee (Nashville State Technical Community College, USA)

  • 2003–2004: Mark R. Freiermuth (University of Aizu, Japan)

  • 2002–2003: Ethel C. Swartley (Drexel University, USA)

  • 2001–2002: Jane Lockwood (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

  • 2000–2001: Thomas Orr (University of Aizu, Japan)

  • 1999–2000: Judith Gordon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

  • 1998–1999: Leslie Olsen (University of Michigan, USA)

  • 1997–1998: Joan Friedenberg (Southern Illinois University, USA)

  • 1995–1997: Margaret van Naerssen (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

  • 1993–1995: Laraine Kaminsky (Malkam Consultants Ltd., Canada)

  • 1992–1993: Kay Westerfield (University of Oregon, USA)

ESP Project Leader Profiles (On theTESOL Blog)

The ESP Project Leader Profiles were announced by former ESPIS chair Kevin Knight in April 2015 in his role as an ESP blogger for TESOL International Association. The majority of the ESP project leaders featured in the profiles have been former ESPIS chairs and/or members of the ESPIS steering board. The projects in the profiles have been conducted on six continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia! The profiles are listed as a reference in TESOL’s ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program Online because of their value to all English language instructors, researchers, and leaders worldwide. A new profile is added approximately once a month. Please contact Kevin Knight if you are an ESP project leader or can recommend an ESP project leader for the ESP Project Leader Profiles.

  1. 5 May 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Kristin Ekkens

  2. 2 June 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Charles Hall

  3. 4 July 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ronna Timpa

  4. 11 August 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Evan Frendo

  5. 8 September 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jaclyn Gishbaugher

  6. 6 October 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Anne Lomperis

  7. 20 October 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ethel Swartley

  8. 3 November 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: David Kertzner

  9. 1 December 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Margaret van Naerssen

  10. 15 December 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Marvin Hoffland

  11. 12 January 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: John Butcher

  12. 26 January 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Karen Schwelle

  13. 23 February 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Esther Perez Apple

  14. 8 March 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Kevin Knight

  15. 5 April 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan

  16. 3 May 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Robert Connor

  17. 17 May 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jigang Cai

  18. 14 June 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ismaeil Fazel

  19. 28 June 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Yilin Sun

  20. 26 July 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Tarana Patel

  21. 23 August 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Prithvi Shrestha

  22. 6 September 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Robin Sulkosky

  23. 18 October 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Philip Chappell

  24. 2 November 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jie Shi

  25. 13 December 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Laurence Anthony

  26. 24 January 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Barrie Roberts

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