9th Austrian UAS Language Instructors’ Conference

Freitag, 25. Mai 2018
- Samstag , 26. Mai 2018
11:00 - 14:30
FH Technikum Wien, Höchstädtplatz 6, 1200 Wien,

English for Specific Purposes: A Multidimensional Challenge

The 9th UAS Austrian Language Instructors’ Conference will address the various dimensions of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) – such as specific professional fields, different language skills required, variety of cultural backgrounds, as well as the challenge of being both motivated and motivating.

We invite teachers, coordinators, administrators, materials developers and students who face these challenges to share their ideas and experience through talks, workshops, poster presentations and networking.

All areas of ESP are welcome, including – but not limited to – engineering disciplines, business, law, medicine, social work, hotel and tourism, aviation and IT.

Conference Programme 2018

11:00-13:00 Registration

13:00-13:15 Welcome: Fritz Schmoellebeck, Rector

13:15-14:00 Keynote Speech: Otto Maderdonner

Preparing for a new generation of learners

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-14:45 Talks

Platzer & Verdonk

Workplace English: selected survey results and implications for the classroom


Contemplative Pedagogy in ESP:  How teaching a specific learning skill on concentration can impact students’ awareness and resilience

Richter & Smith-Dluha

How can peer editing improve student writing? Using the Moodle Workshop tool in the tertiary ESL classroom


Poets engineering the material of language


Using the same teaching material across ESP domains – Rhetorical structures in English for Electronics and English for Medicine

14:45-15:30 Coffee break

Publishers’ Exhibit; Poster Presentations

15:30-16:30 Workshops


Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO): A journey through the inclusive classroom

Dawson & Dawson & MacKenzie

Learner Training: The road to collective learner autonomy


Finding your students’ strengths: The Job Interview


Methodology is NOT dead! – Discovering Task-based Learning


Communicative Business English activities

16:30-16:40 Break

16:40-17:10 Talks


The multifaceted use of literature in ESP context: Strategies and material design


Fail, fail again or how to raise our students’ awareness of the challenges and pitfalls in cross-cultural negotiations

Millward-Sadler & Casey

New Media and co-authorship: Motivating ESP students to write?


Writing for a purpose: Developing business students' ability to 'technicalise'

Weninger & Urmston

E-ductive grammar: “Discover, discuss, demonstrate” – digitally!


18:00 onward – evening event at Augarten Restaurant

8:30-9:00 Coffee break

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speech: Nigel Harwood

Researching textbooks and teaching materials in English language teaching contexts: studies of content, consumption, and production

10:00-10:10 Break

10:10-10:40 Talks


Gamifying ESP vocabulary teaching in two academic fields of study: Informatics and Medicine


Introducing journal articles in the ESL classroom


Working with business students on the threshold of their careers


The impact of using an Educational Web 2.0 Tool IHMC CmapTools on the achievements of ESP students

Supuran & Sturza

Language learning styles and their practical implications when teaching ESP in multi-level classes

10:40-10:50 Break

10:50-11:20 Talks


Blended learning in ESP

Onishchuk & Andrusiak

ESP teaching in the context of Ukrainian higher education: Challenges and solutions


Developing a mobile VocabApp (not just) for students of engineering


Leveraging CPE set texts for intercultural learning and critical literacy in Business English Programmes


Turnitin: A journey in academic writing

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 Talks

Doshi & Sándor

Building students' confidence in communication through online collaboration

Pelzmann & Müller-Lipold

Entering alien territories: Challenges in ESP and how to tackle them


Developing learner's 21st century skills with authentic content


Assessment in English for Specific Purposes: Traditional vs Alternative Approach

Vráželová & Kožaríková

Flipped classroom approach in ESP teaching

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-13:30 Talks

Cotoc & Nistor

A project-based approach of ESP students to learn specialised idioms. A piece of cake


Meeting future paramedics’ needs for English: Implementing an e-tutoring + simulations program


New challenges for teaching terminology in ESP classes


Teaching and assessment of presentation skills

13:30-14:00 Coffee break

Publishers’ Exhibit; Poster Presentations

14:00-15:00 Workshops


Beyond ESP - Enabling clients to develop international collaboration skills


Oral communication in healthcare: Aiming for intelligibility


Job profiles in ESP: Towards a better understanding of your learners' field

Psonder & Janser-Munro

The active use of comics in presentations

15:00-15:10 Break

15:10-15:40 Talks


Specialisation for the 21st century learner

Mihalcinova & Tomková

Enhancing motivation of ESP students: Analyses of feedback


Teaching English research article writing to graduate students in sciences

Zhan & Khan & Tyler

Portfolios in ESP course design – The secret to motivate lower level learners

15:40-16:00 Raffle & Closing remarks: Lisa Nazarenko

Presentations: Speaker, Title & Abstract for the Conference Programme

Please find detailed description of all talks, workshops and posters in the pdf file below.


Conference Papers