JACET ESP Kanto

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (July 20, 2019 Meeting)

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our July meeting on July 20 (Saturday), 2019. We have invited Professor Hiroyuko Obari from Aoyama-Gakuen University to give a presentation on his research of integration of CALL in his teaching of worldviews to Japanese university students. I would like to apologize for sending the announcement late but sincerely hope that you would let your colleagues and friends know of this event and invite them to join us. Professor Obari is a famous and versatile researcher in the fields of CALL and EFL education in Japan. I am sure his talk will provide attendees with insightful views on education and pedagogy on both cognitive and practical levels.

The details of the talk are as follows:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (July Meeting)
Date: Jul 20, 2019 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00
Venue: Room 15501 (5th Floor), Gaucher Building No. 15, Aoyama-Gakuen University
Please find the link for the location:
http://www.aoyamagakuin.jp/access/accessmap.html

Program
15:00~16:00Utilization of AI and ICT in Teaching Worldviews for Effective 21st Century LearningProfessor Hiroyuki Obari, Aoyama-Gakuen University

Abstract:
A constructivist approach to flipped learning inspires students to activate their brains to create new knowledge and to reflect more deeply and consistently on their learning activities where twenty-first century skills with the 8Cs of effective communication are emphasized in the learning process. One of the critical 8Cs is to learn how to coexist with AI. In the present study, two case studies were carried out for the purpose of enabling students to experience weak AI using smart speakers in the L2 learning process. The focus was on evaluating the use of AI speakers such as Google home mini and Amazon echo dot to determine their effectiveness in improving the English skills of native Japanese undergraduate students. The technologies used included Google Home mini, ATR CALL Brix, Facebook, Line, and online materials related to worldview studies. The first empirical study was conducted with a goal of examining the overall effectiveness of the program in improving the TOEIC test scores of a target group of Japanese students. The investigation was carried out from September 2018 to January 2019, targeting 24 third-year undergraduates who were divided into eight groups, four using Google home mini and four using Amazon echo dot.  The participants were required to study their favourite English language programs for four months using AI speakers and to conduct a diary study, sometimes while shooting their studies with a smartphone. Finally, at the end of the training program, students of all eight groups delivered presentations about their research activities using AI speakers with flipped lessons, as well as provided feedback on the study, including its limitations. TOEIC pre- and post-training results (n=24) indicated the training program had assisted the students in improving their overall English proficiency with the help of the AI speakers during the four-month training period, especially their listening comprehension. Additionally, a post-course survey revealed a majority of the participants responded favourably toward the use of AI speakers as a part of their daily life in studying English, and 88% felt its effectiveness had revolutionized their way of learning English. In this presentation, the future use of AI in 21st century learning will be discussed through the results of the target case study.

Keywords: AI, EFL, 21st century skills, Google home mini, Echo dot, TOEIC

Bio:
Hiroyuki Obari is a professor in the College of Economics at Aoyama Gakuin University. He obtained his M.A. in TESOL from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tsukuba. He was a visiting academic at the University of Oxford (2007, 2008, 2018, 2019). His research interests include CALL and Educational Technologies
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16:00~16:20 Visiting the CALL facilities of Aoyama-Gakuen University

16:20~17:00 Business Meeting:
SIG officers meetings. Other members are also welcome.

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (November Meeting)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (November Meeting)

Date: Nov 17, 2018 (Sat) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

Please find the link for the location:

http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/  (in English); http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/ (in Japanese)

 Program

15:00~16:00 Communication Skills in Increasingly Globalized Japanese Companies

Professor Kazushige Tsuji, Mukogawa Women’s University

 Abstract:

The shift towards borderless activities by Japanese companies, regardless of their size, continues to grow rapidly and has become increasingly commonplace. This situation compels personnel working in such companies to acquire pragmatic English communication skills. With an eye on apprehending and attending to English communication skills needed in business, this presentation contends that the development of English use and needs at Japanese manufacturing companies is a good bench mark, as the manufacturing industry is the pioneer of global operations in the Japanese private sector. The presenter shares his research on EBP (English for Business Purposes) and would also like to exchange views on EBP which should be taught at universities in Japan.

 Bio of Invited Presenter:

Kazushige Tsuji is a professor in, and current Chair of, the Department of English at Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo Prefecture. His research interest includes ESP in business contexts.

16:00~16:30 Discussion on the presentation and EBP and EOP

16:30~17:00 Business Meeting:

 SIG meetings and Shinenkai

July 28th, 2018 Meeting Cancelled due to typhoon.

Dear members,

We are sorry that we had to cancel the meeting for today due to the typhoon. We are working on rescheduling this meeting in October or November.

On another note, we will be uploading the Call for Papers this afternoon.

JACET ESP Kanto July 2018 Meeting

Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our July meeting on July 28 (Saturday), 2018. The themes of this meeting are EBP (English for Business Purposes) and EOP (English for Occupational Purposes). The details are as follows:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (July Meeting)

Date: Jul 28, 2018 (Sat) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 602

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

Please find the link for the location:

http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/  (in English); http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/ (in Japanese)

 Program

  • 15:00~16:15 Invited Presentation by Kazushige Tsuji (Mukogawa Women’s University)

Title: English Communication Skills in Increasingly Globalized Japanese Companies: A Focus on BELF

(BELF: English as the Business Lingua Franca)

 Abstract:

The shift towards borderless activities by Japanese companies, regardless of their size, continues to grow rapidly and has become increasingly commonplace. This situation compels personnel working in such companies to acquire pragmatic English communication skills. With an eye on apprehending and attending to English communication skills needed in business, this presentation contends that the development of English use and needs at Japanese manufacturing companies is a good bench mark, as the manufacturing industry is the pioneer of global operations in the Japanese private sector. The presenter shares his research on BELF (English as the Business Lingua Franca) and highlights key knowledge, skills and experiences related to English, needed in globalized workplaces.

 Bio of Invited Presenter:

Kazushige Tsuji is a professor in, and current Chair of, the Department of English at Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo Prefecture. His research interest include ESP in business contexts.

  •  16:15~17:00 Business Meeting:

SIG Poster at the National Convention

Special 20th anniversary edition of annual report of ESP Kanto

Planning of fall activities

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 SHI Jie

Chair

JACET ESP SIG Kanto

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January 2018 Meeting)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)
Date: Jan 13, 2018 (Sat) 15:0017:00
Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), UEC Alliance
Center, 100th Anniversary Hall
(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)
Location: For English, see the attachment; For Japanese Webpage:
https://www.uecalliance.com/access.html

Program of the January meeting (Meeting theme – Academic writing):
1.15:00~16:00 Invited Presentation by Christine Feak (University of
Michigan, USA)  (Session via Skype)

Title: Research Article Abstracts for Non-Expert Readers

Abstract: Research article abstracts are an extremely important genre.
When well written, abstracts can increase the chance that a paper will
go out for review, that a well-qualified reviewer will agree to offer
feedback, and that the paper will be read. Writing an effective research
article abstract for one’s peers is challenging enough, but the
challenges are becoming greater as many scientific journals are
expecting authors to provide a second abstract directed at non-expert
readers. These abstracts have a number of different names, including:
lay abstracts, author summaries, and significance statements. My talk
today will focus on this emergent genre and how we might support
students’ efforts to write for non-experts.

Bio of Speaker:
Dr. Christine Feak is a lecturer at the English Language Institute of
the University of Michigan since 1988 and is an experienced ESP
practitioner, researcher, editor and productive author. Among her
numerous ESP/EAP publications, “Academic Writing for Graduate Students:
Essential Tasks and Skills”, “Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts”, ”
Telling a Research Story” and “Navigating Academia” that she has co-
authored with the famous ESP pioneer Professor John M. Swales are well-
known reference books not only in the US but also in Japan especially in
the EST domain. Her current research interests include the discourse
analysis of academic legal genres, medical writing, the evaluation of
NNS writing, and positioning in graduate student writing.

2.16:00~16:30 Research Presentation by Patrick Foss (Tokyo Medical and
Dental University )
Title: Incorporating the Academic Word List into introductory EAP
classes
Abstract: The Academic Word List (Coxhead, 2000) is a collection of 570
word families which have been shown to appear frequently in a wide range
of academic texts. As such, it is a useful resource in university-level
language education, particularly in introductory EAP classes. However,
simply telling students to “study the list” is unlikely to be effective;
words need to be encountered and used in different contexts in order to
be mastered. The presenter will show how a portion of the Academic Word
List was selected and then incorporated into a course focused on
improving a variety of academic English skills within a communicative
environment.

Bio of Speaker:
Patrick Foss is an associate professor of English in the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. His
research interests include vocabulary use and development.

3. 16:3017:00 Business Meeting

4. 18:30~  ESP SIG KANTO Chapter SHINNENKAI: January 13, 2018

We welcome any members of our group even if you cannot join the above
meeting. The restaurant is located in a convenient part of downtown
Tokyo. Anyone can go to the venue directly and join us for the wonderful
Turkish food, good company and the entertainment there. Just drop Shin
Hashimoto a message by email as shown below.

ボスボラス ハサン 新宿店
03-3354-7947
東京都新宿区新宿3-6-11第一玉屋ビル 2F
https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13000925/dtlmap/
■予約日時 1月13日(土) 18:30
■コース名 ≪ Bコース ≫トルコ料理を堪能できます★(飲み放題の付かないコース
になります)
■コース料金   お一人様 ¥3,750(税込)

Time: 18:30 ~ (right after our SIG meeting)
Restaurant: Bosphorus Hasan (free cultural event included)
Menu: Course B (3,750 yen not including alcohol)
Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13000925/dtlmap/
The restaurant is a Turkish restaurant in Shinjuku (just a few doors
down the Yose “Suehiro-tei” very close to Isetan Department Store)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (Oct 21st 2017 Meeting

JACET ESP 関東研究会」では、10 月 21 日(土)に研究会を実施いたします。

JACET ESP 関東支部は 10 月 21 日(土)に研究会を開催いたします。この研究会では研究 書籍や論文のレビューを行います。今回はすでに下記の 3 件が予定されていますが、他に もご希望の方がいらっしゃいましたら 10 月 7 日(土)までにご希望内容を下記の問い合 わせ先までお送りください。JACET ESP Kanto Chapter is pleased to announce its October meeting to be held on Oct 21 (Sat.). This meeting is planned to be a study meeting where participants present reviews of books and journal papers on ESP research and practice. There are three reviews already scheduled in this meeting. However, there is still room for a couple of more sharing sessions by our members. Please consider this message as an invitation to make short presentations. Use the following contact for your proposal by October 7 (Sat.).

日時:2017 年 10 月 21 日(土) 15:00-17:00

場所:電気通信大学東1号館 705 号室 (University of Electro-Communications, East 1-705) 参加費:無料(事前申込不要)Free of Charge 交通アクセス:

Program:

  1. “Self-Efficacy: An Essential Motive to Learn” by Barry J. Zimmerman in Contemporary Educational Psychology 25, 82–91, (2000). Reviewed by Shin Hashimoto
  2. “The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes” by Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield. Reviewed by Chris Litten
  3. “Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts” (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes; English in Today’s Research World by John M. Swales, Christine B. Feak.) Reviewed by Jie Shi
  4. Other reviews
  5. Business meeting

問合せ先: JACET ESP 関東研究会 SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (May 2017 Meeting)

Download PDF of May 2017 Meeting Announcement

Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

Welcome back to a new academic year with JACET ESP Kanto! The officers of ESP Kanto wish every member another successful academic year! 春光の折り、益々のご発展を祈っております。本年度もよろしくお願いいたします。

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our chapter’s first meeting on May 28 (Sunday), 2017. We will have two presentations (see details below) followed by a business meeting. Please join us for the two exciting presentations and offer your valuable opinions on how the officers could organize our chapter’s activities better in this academic year.

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (May Meeting)

Date: May 28, 2017 (Sun) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

Please find the link for the location:

http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/  (in English); http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/ (in Japanese)

 Program of the May meeting:

1.15:00~15:40  Research Presentation by Paul McBride (Tamagawa University), Charles Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Title: Pedagogical implications of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) for EAP writing instruction

 Abstract: In an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) circumstance, users of English are not bound by native speaker (NS) norms; rather, their “success” can be measured by their ability to communicate effectively, and to adapt communication to reflect the diversity and variability of English use in shared contexts. However, what are the implications of ELF for writing instruction? Since, broadly speaking, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) assumes that Non-Native Speakers (NNS) should conform to native forms of language use, how should college English instructors address the issue of writing in EAP? There are divided opinions among ELT practitioners. It is argued that adherence to native English norms in academic and professional writing tasks reflects editorial realities: conventional native norms embody the language, organization, and presentation used for academic discourse. On the other hand, ELF researchers contend that priority in language teaching may be given to nurturing ‘communicative capability’ (Seidlhofer 2011, Widdowson 2003, 2015). Such a capability, it is claimed, would serve learners well when they subsequently needed to or wished to conform to native norms (Seidlhofer 2011). The presenters will examine some of the challenges (and opportunities) posed by ELF research concerning EAP writing instruction. An overview of current ELF research findings will be presented. The importance in L2 academic writing pedagogy of Standard English and a distinction between “correctness” of language form and appropriateness of language use will be explored. Approaches which may assist ELF writing practitioners in a multiple-draft, process writing context will be proposed, and suggestions about conferencing ELF writers will be made. Finally, the presenters will discuss how ELF-informed thinking has affected their instructional practices and interactions with students.

Bio of Speaker 1:

Paul McBride is an associate professor at the Centre for English as a Lingua Franca at Tamagawa University. His research interests include English as a lingua franca, and extensive reading. He assists with editing the JACET Kanto Journal.

Bio of Speaker 2:

Charles Robertson is an associate professor within the College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University.  His research interests include: Second-Language (L2) composition theory and practice, English for Science and Technology (EST), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL).

215:40~16:20 Research Presentation by Michael Sharpe (Kochi University )

Title: Dissecting the tests: Commonalities, individualities and predispositions in standardised academic English tests

Abstract: This presentation will report on a study in which analysis of a corpora of TOEFL, IELTS and EIKEN (2008 ~) reading and writing tasks was undertaken. Several aspects of the tasks were examined including

  • Commonalities and individualities in task types and topics
  • Culturally-related predispositions within tasks
  • The nature of the English used to compose tasks

The overall aim of the study was to gain greater insights into these widely-used standardised assessment tools and guidance for EAP curriculum development in a college level context. It will be argued firstly that, while these tests are often treated as discreet entities, it will be both more productive to design curricula that encourage the development of skills and knowledge applicable in multiple contexts.

Bio:

Michael Sharpe has been teaching at university level in Japan for 13 years, and is currently a faculty member and deputy director of the International Education Program at Kochi National University. Interests include English for Academic Purposes, and the origins and evolution of English. He is also Kochi’s only speaker of Welsh.

  1. 16:20~17:00 Business Meeting

Announcement of officers; Annual Report of 2016; Confirmation of annual plan, etc.

SHI Jie

Chapter Chair

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JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Chairs and Advisors:

Chair, SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)

Vice-Chair, Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo

Advisors: Reiko Fujita (Tokai University) and Charlie Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Chapter website: https://jacet-esp-kanto.org/

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