Welcome to English for Specific Purposes Conference

at ITMO University,
St. Petersburg, Russia

April 8-9, 2021

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ONLINE!

#ITMOesp

ITMO University invites you to participate in the International Online Conference “More than ESP”. The Conference is devoted to the vital issue of adapting English for Specific Purposes teaching methods to today’s student profile. “More than ESP” traditionally gathers participants from multifaceted spheres, both academic and business. Our workshops will provide a valuable opportunity to gain practical knowledge in dealing with multiple challenges of teaching ESP to students of various majors.

In 2021 the Conference will be devoted to the transition from the classroom to the workplace. During the hands-on sessions and plenaries, the participants will consider the topic from three angles: from the viewpoint of the students, the teachers, and the employers. We will discuss the following questions: how exactly will the skills that we teach the students help them to be successful in their future careers? What kind of skills will the students need in terms of the English Language? What techniques, methodologies, and tools have proven to be effective for teaching these skills?

Participation in the Conference will be especially beneficial for university faculty staff members teaching English in non-linguistic institutions, as well as for those using English-Medium Instruction. EL professionals employed in private language schools will also find participation useful and rewarding.

5 reasons to visit

  • Hands-on workshops and sessions on the relevant ESP topics
  • Leading experts in the field
  • Ample online networking opportunities during speed networking sessions
  • 200+ participants
  • Access to the recordings of the conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Call for proposals is closed

Registration fees

  • Online participation on the days of the Conference, April 8-9: 399 RUB
  • Online participation on the days of the Conference, April 8-9 + two months of access to all conference recordings: 499 RUB

Registration is closed

EXPERTS OF 2021 CONFERENCE

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Maryam Reyhani

EMI Coordinator, ITMO University, Russia

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Maryanna Koehring

Business Owner, English for the Job, LLC English Language Specialist, USA

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Antonina Puchkovskaya

Head of Digital Humanities Lab, ITMO University, Russia

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Dorothy Zemach

ELT teacher trainer, textbook author & editor Macmillan Education, USA

Anastasiia Nikulenko

Head of the Foreign Language Training Center, ITMO University, Russia

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Ben Goldstein

Teacher trainer & materials writer Cambridge University Press, UK

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Ida Grbic Ivanovic

Regional Business Development Manager Career‑Focused Education, Pearson, Croatia

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Tord Talmo

Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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Elis Kakoulli Constantinou

English language instructor, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Program

April 8, Thursday

10:00 - 10:10

OPENING CEREMONY

Anastasiia Nikulenko,

Head of the Foreign Language Training Center, ITMO University, Russia

10:10 - 10:55

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Maryanna Koehring,

Business Owner, English for the Job, LLC English Language Specialist, USA

10:55 - 12:10

PANEL DISCUSSION

ESPectations

What English should be taught at university to prepare students for their future careers? This panel brings together representatives from the industry as well as students, teachers and ESP course designers to share their vision for university level General English and ESP courses. Expectations from employers, needs of students, and plans of teachers will be discussed.

Moderator:

Svetlana Sultanova,

ITMO University, Russia

12:10 - 13:10

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

13:10 - 13:55

BREAK

13:55 - 14:40

NETWORKING SESSION

14:40 - 15:25

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Ben Goldstein,

Teacher trainer & materials writer, Cambridge University Press, UK

April 9, Friday

10:00 - 10:05

MEET & GREET

10:05 - 10:50

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Dorothy​ Zemach,

ELT teacher trainer, textbook author & editor Macmillan Education, USA

10:50 - 11:50

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

11:50 - 13:00

PANEL DISCUSSION

Making the Switch: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

This panel discussion explores the switch to online learning that took place globally in March 2020, and which evolved over the last year to a mixture of online, hybrid, offline and blended learning. Each panelist will share their experiences with the shift, what they learned about online learning, what worked best, and how their approaches to English language teaching will change in the future based on this immersion into the digital world.

Moderator:

Maryam Reyhani,

ITMO University, Russia

13:00 - 13:10

BREAK

13:10 - 13:55

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

13:55 - 14:40

CLOSING PLENARY

14:40 - 15:00

CLOSING CEREMONY

* Please note that the timing is presented in the Moscow time zone (UTC+03)

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Gallery

Selected photos from 2019 Conference