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Sharing the success of English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

One element in the success of ONU’s Prison Management Certificate Program (PMCP) is the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program and the time, effort and expertise provided by its faculty, says Dr. Ellen Wilson, program coordinator for PMCP.

The efforts of Umar Sulayman, Sue Iseman, Zebo Abduvakhabova and Shauna McMillan have been so successful that they have been invited to share their insights at a number of professional conferences.

On May 12, they presented “From ESL to ESP: Overcoming Barriers” at the annual Conference of the Ohio University Linguistics Department (COULD).

On Nov. 9, they will present “English for Special Purposes (ESP): Restoring Content in ESL Programs” at the Ohio TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference, to be held at the Ohio Union on the campus of Ohio State University.

At the 2013 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March 20-23 in Dallas, Texas, they will present “Curriculum Rehabilitation: Transforming Academic Content for ESP Purposes.”

ONU’s PMCP/ESP faculty has tailored English classes to the specific needs of the students in the program. In addition to Sulayman, Iseman, Abduvakhabova and McMillan, the program has utilized the skills and experience of Mahdi Abulail, Myrna McCurdy, Heather Fishbaugh, Tristin Kilgallon and Kevin Cieplowski.

Photo, from left: Shauna McMillan, Zebo Abduvakhabova, Umar Sulayman, and Heather Fishbaugh.