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October 2012 Meeting

JACET ESP SIG Kanto October 2012 Meeting

Date:  October 20th, 2012 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00 15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A
16:10~17:00 Business Meeting Venue: Tokai University, Takanawa Campus 東海大学高輪キャンパス Room 4304

東京メトロ南北線・都営地下鉄三田線「白金高輪駅Shiroganetakanawa」下車、Exit1から左に進み、徒歩約8min 都営地下鉄浅草線「泉岳寺駅(sengakuji)」下車、Exit A2より徒歩約10min JR・京浜急行「品川駅(shinagwa)」下車、高輪口より徒歩約18minMaps:

in Japanese http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/index.html
in English http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/international/campus/takanawa.html

Presentation: A short-term university ESP exchange program:
Issues and challenges

Yo In’nami

Presentation Abstract:
Given the current widespread status of the English language as a lingua franca in the academia and in nearly every science and technology sector, the importance of English skills for engineering students cannot be overstated. Such skills are becoming increasingly indispensable for engineers wanting to stay connected with the latest research and developments in the field. To meet these demands, English for specific purposes (ESP) nurtures capable and dependable engineers who are proficient in English. This presentation reports on an ESP program at Toyohashi University of Technology. This is a short-term exchange program with the Institute of Technology, Bandung, in Indonesia. The presentation starts with the program’s background and outlines, followed by a comparative analysis of students’ comments before and after participating in the program. Issues and challenges are discussed, with the hope that the findings and implications will prove useful for improving ESP exchange programs further.

Profile of the Presenter:
Yo In’nami is an Associate Professor of English at Shibaura Institute of Technology. He is also a PhD candidate’s adviser and an external PhD examiner at Temple University, Japan Campus. As an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, he taught postgraduate courses on structural equation modeling and meta-analysis. Additionally, he is a member of the AILA Research Network on Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis (conveners John Norris, Lourdes Ortega, and Luke Plonsky). He is currently interested in longitudinal measurement of change in language proficiency. His most recent work is an article coauthored with Rie Koizumi entitled “Statistics for test revisions” for Antony Kunnan’s book “Companion to language assessment” (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell). His website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/yoinnami/

Contact: Reiko Fujita (Tokai University)
Kayoko Murakami  (Shibaura Institute of Technology)
Charlie Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)

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