JACET ESP SIG Kanto
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)
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Presentation: Implementing a genre-based ESP curriculum at university
by Professor SHI Jie (English Department, UEC Tokyo)
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.