Welcome to English for Specific Purposes Conference

at ITMO University,
St. Petersburg, Russia

April 4-6, 2018


The Conference is devoted to the vital issue of adapting ESP teaching methods to today’s student profile. Participants will discuss contemporary trends in ESP, as well as available ESP teaching methods. Our hands-on workshops and sessions will provide a valuable opportunity to gain practical knowledge in dealing with multiple challenges of teaching English to students of various majors. Participation in the Conference will be especially beneficial for university teachers and professors teaching English in non-linguistic institutions.
The topic of ESP Conference 2018 is Motivating Students to Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals.
The participants will receive certificates of participation.

5 reasons to visit

  • 25+ hands-on workshops and sessions on the relevant ESP topics
  • 15+ leading experts in the field
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • 200+ participants
  • The most tasty snacks during coffee-breaks in the field =)

Registration fees

Register for the Conference by March 19th to secure the Early Bird rate!

All registered participants will receive invoices on the email address stated in the registration form, which they can use to pay the registration fee.

Pre-conference Workshops, April 4th

500-1000 RUB per workshop

Early Bird

900 RUB

Till March 19th


1500 RUB

March 20th - April 3rd


2000 RUB

April 4th - 6th


Akiva Weiss

English language fellow at ITMO University. An experienced lecturer, teacher trainer, academic researcher, and curriculum developer

Yulia V. Ryabukhina

Associate Professor, Head of the Foreign Languages Department, ITMO University, Russia

Robert Cote

Director of the Writing Skills Improvement Program, University of Arizona, USA

Maryam Reyhani

EMI Coordinator, ITMO University, Russia

Mary Cooch

Moodle Community Educator, UK

Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit proposals which cover any aspects of the following areas:

  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English as a Medium of Instruction
  • Academic Writing
  • New Technologies
  • Digital Learning

The theme for this year's conference is Motivating Students to Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals.
You can submit a proposal for an interactive session (90 mins) or submit a paper (up to 1500 words). Successful papers, as well as session abstracts, will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

The Session Submission Form may be downloaded here.

Please send your proposals by March 4th to esp@corp.ifmo.ru

The Paper Submission Form may be downloaded here.

Please send your papers by March 10th to esp@corp.ifmo.ru


Pre-Conference Workshops, April 4th, Wednesday

9:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 13:00 Concurrent workshops

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 Concurrent workshops

Conference Day 1, April 5th, Thursday

9:00 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:30 Opening Ceremony

10:30 - 11:30 Opening Plenary

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 13:30 Sessions, part 1

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:30 Panel Discussion

15:30 - 17:00 Sessions, part 2

19:00 - 21:00 Networking Dinner (separate ticket)

Conference Day 2, April 6th, Friday

10:00 - 11:00 Panel Discussion

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 Sessions, part 1

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Sessions, part 2

15:30 - 16:30 Closing Plenary

16:30 - 17:00 Certificates

The detailed conference program will be available on March 19, 2018