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The 2nd International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP, UEC Tokyo 2015– CALL for posters

We are very pleased to announce that the Second International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2015 will be held on Feb 14, 2015 (Saturday) at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Tokyo, Japan.

Invited speakers are: Yukio Tono (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Judy Noguchi (Mukogawa Women’s University) and Brian Paltridge (The University of Sydney). 

This symposium is being organized by the Research Station on Innovative and Global Tertiary English Education (UEC Tokyo) & the JACET ESP SIG (KANTO Chapter), and is officially supported by the JACET ESP SIG (KANSAI Chapter) & the JALT CUE SIG.

Call for posters ESP symposium 2015 final


We are inviting abstracts for poster presentations on the following themes:

1.Approaches, Methods and Pedagogy
2.ESP Theories: Developments and Applications
3.Innovation in ESP: Syllabus & Curriculum
4.Materials Development
5.Needs Analysis
6.Corpus Linguistics and DDL
7.Language Issues in ESP
8.Testing and Assessment
9.Teacher Training and Development
10.Any other related themes


•Poster title: Max. 12 words
•Poster abstracts: Max. 250 words
•Affiliations and full contact of presenter(s)
•Biography of presenter(s): Max. 50 words
•Submit abstracts as MS Word (doc or docx)
•Deadline for submission: Extended: January 6, 2015


 Please submit all documents to esp2015@bunka.uec.ac.jp



Notification of acceptance: Dec. 26, 2014~ Jan. 12, 2015 (Sunday)

Poster and Proceeding submission: Jan. 18, 2015 (Wednesday)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto January 2015 Meeting


Date: January 10, 2015 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting, 17:30~19:30 Shinnenkai (New Year party) @ MELANZANE (Italian restaurant)


Venue:   Tokyo Keizai University, Kokubunji Campus, room F305 in Building 6


Access (in Japanese): http://www.tku.ac.jp/access/kokubunji/

Access (in English): http://www.tku.ac.jp/english/access/

Campus map: http://www.tku.ac.jp/english/campus/



Presentation: Using student writing and disciplinary expertise to develop an academic writing course


Presenter: Neil Matheson  (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

 JACET ESP SIG  (PowerPoint presentation file)

Presentation Abstract

How are students expected to write at university? Which texts should tertiary EAP writing curriculum designers base their course on? According to English for Specific Purposes research, academic writing varies widely and is discipline specific, which suggests EAP writing courses for university students may be presenting an overly generalised and decontextualized view of academic writing. For these reasons, Academic Literacies theorists argue that writing support should be offered as part of content in each discipline. With this approach difficult to implement in practice, stand-alone EAP courses are likely to remain the primary way to help students with academic writing. However, to avoid an overly generalised approach, a research-informed curriculum of appropriate text types, relevant models and a focus on shared and discipline-specific qualities of academic writing is essential.

This paper describes research with this aim. To inform the development of a first year academic writing course, a text bank of proficient undergraduate Arts subject writing was created and interviews with disciplinary experts conducted. A subset of the resulting data, drawing on six Arts (Humanities and Social Science) disciplines, indicates that similar qualities are desired by academics and employed in student texts across the six disciplines, with some evidence of disciplinary-based differences also present.


Neil Matheson Biographical Data

Neil Matheson has taught EAL, EAP and TESOL in various locations, including Japan, for 25 years.  Currently, Neil lectures in academic writing and language teaching at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include disciplinary variation in academic writing, feedback on student writing, Pasifika student success initiatives and online learning.


Recent Publications & Presentations

Matheson, N., & Basturkmen, H. (forthcoming). Developing a research-informed academic writing curriculum using a text bank of student writing. In Current Developments in English for Academic and Specific Purposes: Local innovations and global perspectives. Reading: Garnet Education.

Matheson, N. (2014).  Increasing Pasifika student success in academic writing courses. Paper presented at Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference, Tauranga.

Matheson, N. (2014). EAP writing curriculum development using student texts and disciplinary expertise. Paper presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programmes Conference. Massey University, Wellington Campus.

Matheson, N. (2013). That’s not what we were taught in History. Finding the common ground in student disciplinary writing. Paper presented at ALAA-ALANZ Conference. Victoria University, Wellington.

Matheson, N. (2012). Improving outcomes for Pasifika students in an academic writing course. Paper presented at Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference, Auckland, NZ. Retrieved from http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa/ako-aotearoa/news/fabenz-2012-conference-proceedings-now-available

Matheson, N. (2011). Enhancing writing peer review performance using online practice. Paper presented at ALAA-ALANZ Conference, Canberra, Australia.

Matheson, N. (2010). Effect of online practice tasks on student peer review of writing. Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium Proceedings, 2010.

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JACET ESP SIG Kanto October 2014 Meeting

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The JACET ESP Kanto Chapter   and the  JALT West Tokyo Chapter co-present:

Micro-conference on Tourism English Education”

October 11, 2014  Saturday  2:30~5:00pm

Venue: Tamagawa Gakuen University  Building 5 Room: B-114

Access:  http://www.tamagawa.jp/en/access/

Map: http://www.tamagawa.jp/campus/map/


2:30       Opening      Charlie Robertson (MC)

2:35~2:55  Presentation   Travis Cote

English as a lingua franca (ELF) and the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

2:55~3:25  Presentation  Reiko Fujita

Framework for English for Tourism education at a tertiary level

3:30~3:50  Presentation  Kyoko Morikoshi  

Integrating Hospitality and Tourism Education with English education

3:50~4:10  Featured Speech  Atsuko Takamiya

Traveling around Japan in English

4:10~4:20  Break

4:20~4:40  Q & A and discussion

4:40~5:00  Socializing


Travis Cote (Tamagawa University)                           

English as a lingua franca (ELF) and the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

In early 2013, Tamagawa University in Tokyo embarked into new territories with the creation of a new College of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) in addition to launching a campus-wide English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) program. This presentation will briefly introduce the new College and the language program as it concerns the CTH students and one area of ESP: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The presenter will also introduce the new ELF program at Tamagawa and discuss some of the challenges and successes within the new program as it relates to the CTH cohort.


Travis Cote is an Assistant Professor in the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Tamagawa University and a faculty member in the Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF). He holds an MA TESOL degree, and his research interests include: teacher induction practices, computer-mediated language learning, and extensive reading and curriculum development. Travis is also a contributing author to Digital Mobile Language Learning (http://dmll.jaltcall.org) travis@bus.tamagawa.ac.jp


Reiko Fujita (Tokai University)

“Framework for English for Tourism education at a tertiary level”

English for Tourism (EFT) is a rather new field of ESP in Japan, and teachers are making respective efforts to design EFT courses. However, when available online syllabi are reviewed, the goals of these EFT courses are often too broad and vague. The presenter will suggest a framework for EFT courses in Japanese universities by examining the definitions, characteristics and assessment exams of EFT.


Reiko Fujita is an Associate Professor in the Foreign Language Center at Tokai University. Her research interest is in the field of ESP, particularly English for Tourism. She is an English Program coordinator for the Faculty of Tourism.

Kyoko Morikoshi (Hokusei Gakuen University)

“Integrating Hospitality and Tourism Education with English education”

Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College has implemented three hospitality and tourism related classes in order to help students become well prepared for their future careers.  The success of the program is based on three key concepts of “global linkage,” “experiential learning” and “collaboration with the tourism industry.”  In this presentation, the author discusses how hospitality and tourism education is beneficial for English teaching.


Kyoko Morikoshi is a professor at Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College in Sapporo. Her current research interest is the integration of English education and hospitality education.  Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the school of Hotels and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Atsuko Takamiya (Japan Convention Services, Inc, Freelance Interpreter)

Traveling around Japan in English

The speaker will share her experiences as an interpreter tour guide and discuss foreign visitors’ expectations when visiting Japan on business or on holiday. Her lecture will cover the characteristics of  “English for Guiding”. Specifically, the presenter will explain about customers’ questions and how she has solved various client problems. She will also share her experiences of using Internet-based devices that satisfy customers’ requests.


Atsuko Takamiya is a certified English-speaking tour guide. For nine years she has been guiding tourists and corporate people from overseas, helping them with their sight-seeing and business-related needs throughout Japan.

Contact: Charlie Robertson pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com, Reiko Fujita reiko-f@tokai-u.jp

JACET ESP SIG Kanto June 2014 Meeting


June 2014 Meeting


Date:  June 28, 2014 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Tokyo Keizai University, Building 6, Room F-305 (Tokyo Keizai University 1-7-34 Minamicho, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-0021)


Please find the link for the location:

http://www.tku.ac.jp/english/campus/  (in English)

http://www.tku.ac.jp/access/kokubunji/  (in Japanese)


Presentation:   A Review of the Theoretical Origins of English for Specific Purposes

by  Tomonori Ono


Presentation Abstract:

ESP first emerged in the 1960s as a result of linguistic interest in scientific prose and technical English. The demand for ESP grew during the 1970s as a result of the works of influential scholars such as Swales (1971) and Bates and Dudley-Evans (1976) who focused on the use of the English language in scientific writing. However, it was not until the 1980s before linguists attempted to define and treat ESP as a separate field. This presentation will trace the theoretical origins of ESP through an examination of the literature with respect to common definitions, characteristics, and classification systems.

Profile of the Presenter:

Tomonori Ono earned an MA in TESL with Distinction at Hawaii Pacific University, and was awarded the National Dean’s List: Honoring America’s Most Outstanding College Students in 2006-2007. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in ESP at the Graduate School of Language Education at International Christian University, and teaches ESP courses at Keio University and Aoyama Gakuin University.


Contact: Charlie Robertson (pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com) Aoyama Gakuin University; Reiko Fujita(reiko-f@tokai-u.jp)  Tokai University

JACET ESP SIG Kanto May 2014 Meeting


May 2014 Meeting


Date:  May 24th, 2014 (Sat) 15:00 17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  The University of Electro-Communications, Chofu, Tokyo (East 1 Building, Room 705

Please find the link for the location:
*(No 7 on the map of the east campus is East 1. )

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

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


Presentation:   Implementing a genre-based ESP curriculum at university

by  Professor SHI Jie (English Department, UEC Tokyo)

Presentation Abstract:

As the need for ESP in tertiary English education rises globally in tertiary education, a new English preprogram called “Technical English” was developed at a Japanese university of science and technology in Tokyo. This first university-wide compulsory ESP program at national universities in Japan was put in action in the academic year of 2012. The basic concepts and design of the ESP curriculum of this program have been reported previously at the JALT conference. As a follow-up research on this new ESP program, this presentation focuses on the results of the end-of-year investigation on the implementation of the whole program which includes both Spring and Fall semesters of two different courses. A closer examination of the academic genres selected by the whole science faculty for the new curriculum, such as academic presentations using ppt and posters, oral reports of academic articles and original research, abstracts, research papers, will be conducted in this study. Students’ feedback on the learning of the genres and teachers’ perspectives on the effectiveness of the instructions of the main genres will also be reported.

Profile of the Presenter:

Professor SHI Jie has been teaching and researching in EAP, ESP, Bilingualism/Trilingualism and Corpus Linguistics in PRC, Singapore and Japan. In addition, she has been working as a teacher trainer specializing in curriculum design and teaching methodology. Her main working experiences in Japan include the International Christian University and the National University of Electro-Communications where she has been working on the development of EAP- and ESP-oriented programs, Bilingualism, intercultural communication, and corpus linguistics for science English. Professor Shi has a strong interest in the area of English as an Asian language as well as an international/world language.

ContactCharlie Robertson (pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com) Aoyama Gakuin University; Reiko Fujita(reiko-f@tokai-u.jp)  Tokai University

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (March 2014 Meeting)


March 2014 Meeting


Date:  March 8th, 2014 (Sat)  15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A   16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Aoyama Gakuin University (Sagamihara Campus) B-Building, Room B-303

http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/outline/campus/pdf/access_sagamihara.pdf (in Japanese)
http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/outline/sagamihara_campus.html (in English)


Science Challenge – a novel language-learning project at Kochi National College of Technology

Michael Sharpe

Abstract: This presentation will describe the process of designing and implementing a simple science-based collaborative EFL project for a group (n=80) of 1st-year student engineers at Kochi National College of Technology. The presenter will first examine the main rationales for the course – the apparent disparity between the content of language curricula taught at most junior engineering colleges in Japan and the actual language needs of Japanese engineers. The presenter will then outline how efforts are being made to address these problems at KCT using a project-based language learning approach and describe the main objectives of the course (i.e., to improve general communicative competence, particularly oral communication skills, and to encourage interest in and motivation for learning and communicating in English).  Issues surrounding the practicalities of designing and implementing the course, as well as, observations on what has been achieved so far will be explored. It is hoped that the presentation will act as a catalyst for a productive discussion regarding the design and implementation of practical ESP courses for junior engineers which address their future academic and professional language needs.


Presenter: Michael Sharpe teaches English to junior and undergraduate engineering students, and medical science students. His research interests include: project-based language-learning and the use of text visualisation techniques in the L2 reading classroom. He has a Masters Degree in TEFL from the University of Reading, U.K.