GERAS International correspondents (GICs)
Geras international dimension Open or Close
As a group devoted to the study of specialised forms of English, GERAS has always been international in outlook. A fair number of its members are native speakers of English and GERAS regularly takes part in international events.
Notably, GERAS contributions to ESSE conferences have been consistent over the years. Lately, GERAS co-convened ESP seminars in Aarhus (2008), Turin (2010), Kosice (2014) and Galway (2016).
Yet, international affairs really became part of GERAS governance when a Head of International Affairs was nominated during the presidency of Jean-Claude Bertin (2007-13), a charge taken on by Shaeda Isani, a member of the board.
Development of the GERAS International Correspondents (GIC) network Open or Close
The Kosice experience (ESSE 2014) of GERAS and European participants kick-started the idea of creating a network of colleagues exchanging ESP news worldwide. Shaeda Isani piloted the emerging GIC scheme which soon numbered some 20 members in 11 countries.
Galway’s two ESP seminars co-convened by GERAS (ESSE 2016) attracted new members from further afield. As Séverine Wozniak took over our International Affairs in 2016, she further developed the network which now counts 35 colleagues in 19 countries (as of Dec. 2016).
The goal of the GIC network is to spread and exchange news to encourage participation in events across countries and in international research publications.
GERAS also actively promotes the idea that national ESP groups should be formed to act as partners in common projects aiming to spread information, teaching methods and theoretical advances in ESP. GERAS has no inclination towards hegemony; it favours collaboration and partnership among peer groups.
GIC contributions to GERAS life Open or Close
GICs are playing an increasingly active and visible part in GERAS activities and we are grateful for their enriching contributions. They submit proposals to our calls for papers and take part in our annual conferences. They co-convene ESSE seminars with us. In 2018, our annual conference will be hosted by our Belgian correspondent in Mons, Christine Michaux. An increasing number of colleagues forward news for circulation on our newsletters. Thanks to our GICs, GERAS gets increasingly international.
The GIN and Global ESP News Update newsletters Open or Close
To disseminate news effectively and regularly, GERAS has developed two complementary international communication vehicles: the GERAS International newsletter (GIN) and the Global ESP News Update. Their user-friendly formats make them easy to spread around.
GINs are published twice a year in January and June. They offer an English version of the GERAS Letter published in French at the same dates. The function of GINs is to spread ESP news, but primarily their goal is to keep our community informed of the group’s life and activities: GINs open on a topical editorial and deal with annual general meetings, governance issues and evolution, forthcoming elections, future conferences, PhD information, latest publications of interest...
Global ESP News Updates
Updates are published every two months and basically consist of lightly edited factual information forwarded by GERAS and GIC members for global dissemination. Their bimonthly periodicity ensures quick and flexible updates and a close follow-up of deadlines.
All GERAS and GIC members are encouraged to spread news on these newsletters.
Specifics of GIC status Open or Close
The GIC status entitles nominated correspondents to a number of benefits without having to pay membership fees. The scheme’s objective is to further and strengthen cooperation between French and international ESP researchers and practitioners. GICs are expected to forward GERAS conference and publication announcements to their national networks and to promote GERAS activities in their teaching and research communities. The trade-off is that disseminating news through GINs and GENUs enables GICs to develop their own activities.
For any question on the GIC scheme, GIN, or Global ESP News Updates, please contact
Séverine Wozniak, GERAS Head of International Affairs