Announcement and Call for Participation, ( for ESP professionals)
- Dear Webheads,
I'm sharing a message that I have received through the TESOL espis-
list, where I'm the list manager, as it might be interesting to
Webheads ESP instructors and professionals.
The following is the original message,including the announcement,
posted by Mary Ellen Kerans:
To all ESP instructors who are also involved in any way as
"facilitators" of international communication -- as author's
editors, oral presentation trainers, translators, project managers
for example -- please note that a new informal (but active and
stable) association is starting up in the southern European and
We feel the need to start this because 1) local language consultants
were not joining the bigger organizations like EASE, EMWA or FIT and
yet there is a need to encourage skills improvement, and 2) none of
the narrower-focus organizations for teachers, linguists,
translators meet all our needswe need something that encompasses
both theory and practice in several disciplines or approaches and
that's anchored in meeting the needs in our part of the world. Here,
many people in science and culture/government/academia still need
language mediators to help them reach their audiences.
We don't yet have a webpage up, so I paste the announcement. If
anyone would like to receive it as an attachment, don't hesitate to
contact me personally.
And please pass the word!
Announcement and Call for Participation
Mediterranean Editors' and Translators' Meeting 2005
Interdisciplinary CollaborationInternational Communication
4-5 November 2005
This is a first call to participate at the first meeting of a new
European and Mediterranean area association of language
translators/interpreters, communication coaches, technical writers
educators in English for specific purposes. We are people who work
oral, written and multimedia texts in Englishand with their authors
areas where English language mediators are needed. We facilitate the
international participation of local academics, scientists,
businesses and cultural representatives.
Please mark the dates on your calendar, as we hope you'll make the
meet others engaged in facilitating international communicationand
create a network through which we can enhance our skills. We want to
expertise and channel information between local language consultants
larger organizations like the European Association of Science
Council of Science Editors, the European (and American) Medical
Association(s) and the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
While the work most of us do involves science, we are by no means
exclusively involved with scientific texts. Facilitating academic and
professional communication has led us into finance, culture,
business and non-governmental organizations.
At present we are organizing a meeting with two plenary sessions and
series of round tables, discussion groups and workshops. We would be
to hear your suggestions or proposals to coordinate sessions on
localization/translation, publication and multimedia presentation,
with authors and authoring groups, quality assurance of documents,
Workshops/discussion sections will be 1 h and 15 minample time for
presentation and open discussion in which we get to know each other.
However, we also encourage you to propose a panel discussion in
share presentation time with others. To make a proposal, send a brief
description before 15 June: a) title, b) person(s) who would
objective or main message, d) justificationthe reason you consider
topic interesting or important, e) a rough outline of how you plan to
Publication: We will not publish proceedings, but we will advise and
academics or others interested in finding the right place to publish
content of their presentations.
For further information, please get in touch: HYPERLINK
The organizers: Mary Ellen Kerans
Universitat Internacional de
(Health Sciences, Servei d'Idiomes), Barcelona
Institut de Recerca, Hospital de
Sant Pau i
la Santa Creu, Barcelona
Freelance language consultant,
Freelance translator and author's
I hope you find this inetersting and useful,