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TESOL 47th Annual Convention


March 19 - 23, 2013: Dallas, TX

InterSection: Harmony in ESP Practice with

Computers, Video and Digital Media

Saturday, March 23, 3:00-4:45 in the Tech Showcase

Contact: Dr. Najma Janjua janjua@chs.pref.kagawa.jp


Session Summary

The study of discipline specific English communication involves reading, writing, listening and speaking in complex genre with technical terminology and discourse structures, posing great challenges for ESP learners. This ESP-CALL-VDM intersection explores ways to facilitate learning and creatingharmony in ESP practice by using computers or videos or digital media.



(Hosted by ESP-IS, CALL-IS, VDM-IS)


3:00 – 3:05:  Introduction

                        Najma Janjua, Chair, ESP-IS 


3:05 - 4:15:  Pecha Kucha presentations   


  1. Self-designed Teaching Materials for Enhanced Harmony in the ESP Classroom 
      Mark Krzanowski (University of Westminster, London, UK)

  2. Enhanced ESP Learning through Interactive Whiteboard and YouTube
      Christine Sabieh (Notre Dame University, Beirut, Lebanon)

  3. Video and Digital Media for Harmony in the ESP classroom 
    Kenneth Chi (Fu Jan Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan)

  4. Blended Learning via Moodle and beyond for Engineering Students 
       Nellie Deutsch (University of Phoenix, Phoenix, USA)

  5. Integrating Digital Media in Moodle Supported ESP Classroom
       Marvin Hoffland (Karinthia University of Applied Sciences, Klagenfurt, Austria)

  6. Using STEAM-Based Robotics to Build Pre-Engineering ESP Amongst Dyslexic ELLs 
       Camille Jones (Ed White Elementary, Houston, USA)

  7. Empowering Distance EAP Learners through an Online Course 
       Prithvi Shrestha (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

  8. Applications of Online Video Resources to ESP Practice 
       Valerie Cross & Mika Mokko (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA)

  9. Potential of iPads in Developing Academic English Summary-Writing Skills 
       Michelle Scholz (INTO Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA)

  10. Harmony in EMP Practice with Web-based Lecture Recording 

              Najma Janjua (Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Takamatsu, Japan)


4:15 - 4:45: Q&A, Discussion




Presentation Summaries (Listed in presentation order)


1.  Self-designed Teaching materials for Enhanced Harmony in the ESP Classroom (M. Krzanowski)

Alongside the use of commercially-produced materials exploiting computers, video and digital media, ESP practitioners still need to produce his/her own SUCH materials to better cater for the needs and wants of the learners. The presenter will demonstrate how such materials can be designed and what skills and knowledge are required. 


2. Enhanced ESP Learning through Interactive Whiteboard and YouTube (C. Sabieh)

The purpose of this study was to see if the interactive whiteboard, coupled with the use of YouTube, enhanced learning as compared to a traditional tech-supported setting where the educator uses PowerPoint. A significant difference resulted in the learning of participants in two sections of a Business English Communication course.


3. Video and Digital Media for Harmony in the ESP classroom (K. Chi)

This ESP-VDMIS intersession will demonstrate ways of using video and digital media to aid the teaching of English for specific purpose. Through the use of video, we can provide students with the virtual experience of the real look at the language and the situations which ESP focuses on.


4. Blended Learning via Moodle and Beyond for Engineering Students   (N. Deutsch)

This presentation will describe a course for engineering students to develop language skills that would serve them in the future. Through the use of technology such as Moodle, WizIQ, Google Drive, Facebook, and screen sharing tools, the students learned how to go beyond the computer lab for ongoing language development.


5. Integrating Digital Media in Moodle Supported ESP Classroom  (M. Hoffland)

Podcasts and YouTube videos are excellent resources to create course materials to fit into the ESP classroom and can be easily integrated into a supporting course management system such as Moodle. This presentation will demonstrate examples of utilizing podcasts and YouTube videos in Moodle supported medical and business ESP courses.


6. Using STEAM-Based Robotics to Build Pre-Engineering ESP Amongst Dyslexic ELLs    (C. Jones)

Drawing on ESP best practices and research, this session shares how ESP instructors can merge Web 2.0 tools with robotics-aligned programming dialogues and STEAM-aligned PBL with curriculum ladders to help special needs ELLs to better metacognitively and semantically visualize, apply, process and retain pre-Engineering and STEM-based concepts.


7. Empowering Distance EAP Learners through an Online Course   (P. Shrestha)

This talk focuses on how an online EAP course was designed in order to meet needs of students at The Open University, UK. The course not only integrates all four language skills but also utilises digital media to enhance students’ study experience. Implications for other ESP contexts will be discussed.


8. Applications of Online Video Resources to ESP Practice  (V. Cross & M. Mokko)

Using a two-part framework, the presenters evaluate and compare the usefulness of various online video websites for applications to ESP practice. Results of a teacher questionnaire about use and incorporation of online videos in ESL classes will be presented, along with ideas for embedding videos in ESP classrooms and curricula.


9. Potential of iPads in Developing Academic English Summary-Writing Skills (M. Scholz)

Book reviews written using iPads by students in university preparatory classes were compiled with photographs to generate iMovies on YouTube. Codes attached to book covers in the library enabled students to scan the books before selection. The approach has potential for developing summary-writing skills of ESP learners in academic settings.


10.  Harmony in EMP Practice with Web-based Lecture Recording (N. Janjua) 

Study of English for Medical Purposes (EMP) poses great challenges for learners as it involves reading, comprehending, writing, listening, and speaking using complex medical texts. This presentation will describe a study showing how web-based lecture recording technology can help the learners overcome these challenges and bring harmony in EMP practice.


Presenters’ Bios (Listed in presentation order) 


1.   Mark Krzanowski is IATEFL ESP-SIG Coordinator; Director, Centre for English Learning and Teaching & Principal ELT Lecturer, Department of Modern and Applied Languages, University of Westminster, London; Senior ESP/EAP Advisor & Author, Garnet Education; and occasional correspondent for EL Gazette. He has over 20 years of experience in ESP/EAP. 


2.   Christine Sabieh is a Professor at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. She is the current Vice-President of ASIACALL and the Editor-in-Chief of ASIACALL Online Journal, its fully peer-reviewed international publication. Through her teaching, administrative posts, and research, she keeps up her interest in Language teaching, Educational Technology and Educational Psychology.  


3.   Kenneth Chi received his TESOL teacher certificate from Columbia University, and MA from New York University. He has taught English for more than 15 years and currently teaches at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. His interests are incorporating movies and digital media into language lessons, assessment, and grammar teaching. 


4.   Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D., is a faculty member at Atlantic University postgraduate programs, member of TESOL CALL-IS steering committee, program coordinator for World Association of Distance Education (WAOE), and owner of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) online network. Nellie facilitates professional development courses on Moodle for educators globally.   


5.   Marvin D. Hoffland is a Senior Lecturer of English and Economics at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences inKlagenfurt, Austria. He teaches ESP/EFL courses in the areas of Business, Medical and Technical English. His degrees include an MS in Economics and a BA in German and Economics. 


6.   Camille Jones: Training: D.E.A, National Institute for Asian Studies (INALCO): Korea-Japan Department, Paris, France. Specialty: Komonjogaku & Fujiwara-ke Nikki. M.A., East Asian Languages, Princeton University. A.B. Harvard College. M.A.T., Bilingual Education (Mathematics & Spanish), UHD. Candidate, Agregation 2013 (Japonais), France.  US:  Certified in Math, Spanish, French, Bilingual Education  


7.   Prithvi Shrestha, EdD, is a Lecturer at The Open University, UK. He has authored or co-authored ESP books and research articles. He is currently leading a writing assessment project funded by Higher Education Academy, UK. His research interests include ESP/EAP, technology enhanced language assessment, and teacher education in developing countries. 


8.   Co-presenters Valerie Cross and Mika Mokko are Ph.D. candidates in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University. Valerie’s research interests include identity negotiation and critical approaches in TESOL, and ESP curriculum and materials development. She currently teaches English for Art purposes at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.  Mika has taught ESL at the secondary and post-secondary levels and her research interests lie at the intersections of TESOL and Institutional Systems Technology. 


9.   Michelle Scholz is an instructor and technology advisor for INTO Oregon State University. She recently co-authored the iBook iPads in ESL Classrooms and works with her colleagues to promote innovative technology for English Language Learners. 


10. Najma Janjua, PhD, is a professor at Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan. She is recipient of Canadian FRSQ, and Japanese Research Scientist and JSPS Fellowships, and Best-of-JALT and TESOL Classroom Action Researcher Awards. Dr. Janjua’s research includes EMP, language transfer in Japanese ELLs, and EFL education in Asia.  



For inquiries about the session, please contact Dr. Najma Janjua at: janjua@chs.pref.kagawa.jp


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