How will TESOL ESPIS Researchers and Practitioners Change the World?

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I have been thinking about the following question recently: How will ESP researchers and practitioners change the world? The reason that I am asking this question is the focus of this blog post. My story starts with Andy Curtis, a former president of TESOL International Association.

On 12 May 2017, a TESOL Blog post by Andy Curtis was published. Andy’s post is titled Becoming a Leader in TESOL International Association. The article shares some valuable information about leadership development opportunities in TESOL. In particular, one program captured my attention:  Leadership Development Certificate Program (LDCP). (I had already completed the ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program Online.) I soon discovered that the LDCP was free for TESOL members. It is a self-study program that you need to finish in three months.

Although I have just started the LDCP, I have already been given the opportunity to think deeply about leadership. Reading the various leadership conceptualizations presented in the program has been very interesting to me because my doctoral research was focused on analyzing the leadership conceptualization process. In addition, LDCP program participants view conceptualizations of leadership in TED Talks. One of the TED Talks in particular has inspired me to write this TESOL Blog post.

The TED Talk speaker, David Logan, Professor of Management, is described on the TED (Ideas Worth Spreading) website:

David Logan is a USC [University of Southern California] faculty member, best-selling author, and management consultant… . Logan studies how people communicate within a company—and how to harness our natural gifts to make change within organizations. He looks at emerging patterns of corporate leadership, organizational transformation, generational differences in the workplace, and team building for high-potential managers and executives.

I could relate to David’s focus on communication in an organization. In addition, I could appreciate his study of how communication is connected with organizational change. My own conceptualization of leadership involves communicating to create and to achieve visions (Knight, 2013).

David’s TED Talk, filmed in March 2009, is titled Tribal Leadership.

David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form—in schools, workplaces, even the driver’s license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

In his talk, David argues that certain types of groups (or tribes) change the world. At the end of his talk, he asks this question:  “Will your tribes change the world?” And now I ask a similar question to you: My question is “How will your tribes change the world?” I emphasize the world “how” because we change the world no matter what we do. What results will the actions of your tribes have on the world? Will the changes be for good or for bad?

As I read the ESP Project Leader Profiles in the TESOL Blog, I can see how ESP researchers and practitioners are changing the world on six continents. At the same time, I think we should all take advantage of TESOL International Association’s leadership development opportunities. For example, in the ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program Online (LMCP), I was able to connect with other ELT professionals interested in leadership. It was a valuable experience because I was able to hear the advice of other leaders worldwide in connection with the challenges I was facing in my own contexts as a leader.

Are you a leader of a tribe? How do you influence the other members of your tribe? As ESPIS members in TESOL International Association, I hope that we will give serious thought to how our tribes can and will change the world. Then I hope that we will take the steps to change the world in positive ways!  For inspiration and learning, check out the blog post of Andy Curtis, watch the TED Talk of David Logan, sign up for a TESOL course on leadership, and read the ESP Project Leader Profiles listed below.

If you are now (or have been in the past) the leader of an ESP-related project, please let me know in the comments. I would love to add your profile for the benefit of the community worldwide.

All the best,
Kevin

References

Knight, K. (2013). Looking at communication through a leadership lens. TESOL Blog. Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL International Association.

The ESP Project Leader Profiles (to date):

  1. May 5, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Kristin Ekkens
  2. June 2, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Charles Hall
  3. July 14, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ronna Timpa
  4. August 11, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Evan Frendo
  5. September 8, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jaclyn Gishbaugher
  6. October 6, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Anne Lomperis
  7. October 20, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ethel Swartley
  8. November 3, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: David Kertzner
  9. December 1, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Margaret van Naerssen
  10. December 15, 2015: ESP Project Leader Profile: Marvin Hoffland
  11. January 12, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: John Butcher
  12. January 26, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Karen Schwelle
  13. February 23, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Esther Perez Apple
  14. March 8, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Kevin Knight
  15. April 5, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan
  16. May 3, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Robert Connor
  17. May 17, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jigang Cai
  18. June 14, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Ismaeil Fazel
  19. June 28, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Yilin Sun
  20. July 26, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Tarana Patel
  21. August 23, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Prithvi Shrestha
  22. September 6, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Robin Sulkosky
  23. October 18, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Philip Chappell
  24. November 2, 2016: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jie Shi
  25. December 13, 2016: The 25th ESP Project Leader Profile: Laurence Anthony
  26. January 24, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Barrie Roberts
  27. February 7, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Jen Cope
  28. February 21, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Susan Barone
  29. March 21, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Debra Lee
  30. April 18, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Kay Westerfield
  31. May 2, 2017: ESP Project Leader Profile: Stephen Horowitz

from TESOL Blog http://blog.tesol.org/how-will-tesol-espis-researchers-and-practitioners-change-the-world/

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