We would like to thank all presenters for attending and sharing their studies at the conference.
The 2nd ESP Conference (ESP Oxford) was held at Oxford University on June 1-2. The conference brought together a range of academics, practitioners and teachers to discuss ESP in higher education. The theme was ‘Towards ESP as an Established Academic Discipline’ and our presenters came at this topic from a number of different angles:
-Professor Svetlana Rubtsova looked at how ESP should facilitate multicultural/intercultural/cross-cultural/transferable skills of graduates. Professor Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk explored the relationship between ESP, business and media in the context of new BA and MA university programs. Anna Stefanowicz-Kocoł looked at dealing with mixed specialization in ESP classes. Special thanks to Wenjie Shi, president of IESPTA who lead the conference with discussions and questions. He, also in his presentation, looked at three issues concerning ESP classroom, practitioners and resources: demographic changes, materials and methodology design, and assessment in a paper entitled ‘The essential issues of the ESP classroom from reflective view’. Milena Yablonsky questioned whether there is a place for translation in ESP. Translation is having its place in ESP. Associate Professor Huang Jian looked at translation in material development, pros and cons of material development. Dr Renata Gomes looked at challenges in developing ESP classes under the literacy perspective. We also welcomed some PhD students who presented their research and shared their ideas.