International Association of Teachers of English
as a Foreign Language IATEFL Poland

Report from 3rd IATEFL ESP SIG Conference

by Anna Gałucka
Categories: English for Specific Purposes SIG.

3rdIATEFL ESP SIG Conference
15th/16th January 2016

Conference Programme + Recordings

TimeRoom 102 - 1st floorRoom 233-234 - 2nd floor
Friday Jan 15th  
11:00-11:30Opening Ceremony
11:30-12:30Opening Plenary – Professor David Little ESP and Portfolio Learning: Time to Give the European Language Portfolio a Second Chance?
Lunch12.30-13.15 1st floor 
13:15-14:00Course Planning in ESP –from Needs Analysis to Materials Writing ; prof. dr hab. Jarosław Krajka, dr hab. Magdalena Sowa - Lublin, Poland
Teaching Presentation Skills across a Range of Professions
Kamila Łężniak -Kraków, Poland
14:05-14:50Challenges of ESP Teachers' Professional Development in the Polish Tertiary Context
dr Agnieszka Dzięcioł-Pędich, Agnieszka Dudzik – Białystok
15:15-16:00Practical Application of ESP in European Union Projects / Renata Łukiewicz-Kostro - Lublin, Poland
Encouraging ESP Students to Use Mind Maps Maria Cyrankowska -Rzeszów, Poland
16:05-16:50Pronunciation and Intonation - the Achilles Heel of Future Polish Engineers? Karolina Mazurowska - Gdańsk, IwonaSznajderska –Koszalin, Poland
Idea, Development, Implementation and Result of a Blended Pilot Course: "English for Journalists” Fazli Rrezja - Kosovo, Timea Tiboldi
17:15-18:00Engineering Language Students Collaborating across Borders / Anna Rolińska - Glasgow, UK – online
Adapting Authentic Materials for Legal English Classes – a Schema-Based Approach
Aleksandra Broniek -Kraków, Poland
18:05-18:50Military English: A Case Study in the Field of ESP
Ben Dobbs - York, UK
Using Online Materials to Activate Speaking in a Legal English Class Izabela Bakota -Kraków
Saturday Jan 16th  
09:00-09:45Plenary - Geoff Tranter
Mind the Gap – The ESP Relevance Gap
09:50-10:35Not a Whimper but a Bang. Learning Catalytics in ESP Krzysztof Flis, Andrzej Boguta - Lublin, Poland
How to Teach ESP Effectively in Kyrgyzstan
doc. Gulbarchin Orozbaaeva - Jalal Abad City, Kyrgyzstan
10:50-11:35Reflections on Teaching ESP with ‘Keynote'
Muszczynko Ewa -Łódź, Poland
Human Animal-Animal in Human
Izabela Batyra - Kraków, Poland
11:40-12:25English for Students of Electronics and Tele-Communications. A Presentation of the Writer's ESP Textbook /dr Monika Badecka-Kozikowska – Gdańsk
How to Avoid Gobbledygook - Training Scientists to Use Their New Toys
Konrad Dejko - Świdnik, Poland
13:00-13:15Safety Engineering – a Technical English Study Programme: Motivation and Practical Approach
prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gołacki, Joanna Rączkiewicz – ULS, Lublin, Poland
13:20-14:05Merging Critical Pedagogy with Medical English - Syllabus Design during Medical Education
Neslihan Onder Ozdemir -Bursa, Turkey – online
The Interactive Loop – Passport to the Future of ESP.
Radek Krzyżanowski – OUP, Poland
14:10-14:55Innovative Methods for Teaching English to Medical Students - Shauna Noor Mobley Elkhatib -AlFaisal University, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
The Integration of Soft Skills into ESP Teaching
Małgorzata Warmińska-Marczak - OUP, Poland

ESP SIG Conferences traditionally take place in Lublin in mid-January.

The 3rd International IATEFL Poland ESP SIG Conference organized by IATEFL POLAND ESP SIG was held at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin on 15-16 January, 2016.

The theme of the Conference was ‘The Future of ESP’.

The conference, was aimed at ESP professionals across Europe. It provided great opportunity for a comprehensive overview of current and future developments in ESP, encompassing methodology, materials, media and assessment. ESP stakeholders in further and higher education, e.g. educational establishments, teachers, teacher trainers, publishers and test providers, accepted the invitation to the conference.

The Conference was opened by Vice Rector for Student Affairs and Education Professor Krzysztof Gołacki who is a great supporter of the idea of teaching specialist vocabulary and the cooperation between specialists in the field and language teachers. Opening speeches were delivered by Sławomir Nowikowski, President of IATEFL Poland and Joanna Rączkiewicz, Head of the English-Latin Unit, University of Life Sciences and ESP SIG Co-ordinator.

This year’s Conference lasted two days and 30 presenters from Poland and abroad (Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Turkey, Saudi Arabia) gave talks at the Conference.

During the Opening Keynote Speech entitled ‘ESP and Portfolio Learning: Time to Give the European Language Portfolio a Second Chance?’ Professor David Little argued that it is time to give the ELP a second chance, especially in LSP contexts. He summarized the pedagogical assumptions that underlie portfolio learning and the potential benefits that it can bring. He briefly introduced the ELP and described the added value that it offers to course providers and learners and suggested some ways of redesigning the ELP so that it meets the specific needs of ESP and encourages networking and collaboration among ESP professionals.

On Saturday morning Geoff Tranter in his Plenary Session ‘Mind the Gap’ – The ESP Relevance Gap looked at ESP in many contexts and tried to identify where there are risks of gaps in ESP teaching in order to establish a set of criteria with which ESP teachers can assess their own work.

The Conference was attended by over 100 teachers from Poland and abroad whose knowledge, experience and passion for teaching were shared during 24 sessions. Thanks to MONDIALE-Testing, our main sponsor and partner, and a well-equipped conference room the Conference was streamed and online participants were able to take part in the discussion. The recordings are available at the IATEFL webpage.

As last year Joanna Rączkiewicz and Sławomir Nowikowski were invited to the Lublin TV studio which created a fabulous opportunity to familiarize the viewers with the aims, mission and role of IATEFL Poland in ‘linking, developing and supporting’ English teachers in Poland.

During coffee/tea breaks all our guests were able to exchange their ideas about teaching ESP, enjoying drinks and snacks or plan their future professional life. On Friday evening everybody enjoyed an atmospheric performance of BREBERYS; one of the most famous klezmer bands in Lublin region.

The Conference ended with an open discussion over a glass of wine.

Joanna Rączkiewicz ESP SIG-Co-ordinator,
Sławomir Nowikowski President IATEFL Poland

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