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JACET ESP SIG Kanto (July 2015 Meeting)

Date: July 18, 2015 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

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)

Presentation title: Designing a project-based ESP curriculum in Japan by Paul Daniels

Presentation Abstract: Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach where learners investigate real-life problems with the hope that they become more involved in the learning process. But educators who implement project-based approaches often face difficult obstacles, particularly in cultures where teachers are expected to orchestrate classes from a podium and learners are accustomed to acquiring facts passively. Rather than a ‘pure’ form of PBL, ESP courses may better benefit from a classroom activities that integrate structured group work with hands-on tasks. This presentation will offer suggestions on implementing a successful project-based curriculum for language learners in ESP settings with a focus on increasing learner engagement. The presenter will illustrate a number of simple hands-on projects which promote collaborative responsibility, integrate active and passive learning tasks, and make use of classroom time effectively. The structured projects draw upon the vocabulary and grammar from the course textbook and include scaffolding strategies that facilitate group tasks.

Profile of the Presenter: Paul Daniels has been teaching English in Japan for over 20 years and is currently a Professor of English at Kochi University of Technology. His research interests include CALL, ESP and Project-based instruction.


Contact: SHI Jie (shi.jie@uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Reiko Fujita (reiko-f@tokai-u.jp) Tokai University; Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto@uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)