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JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January 2016 Meeting) and Shinnenkai

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Dear all JACET ESP Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our January meeting on Jan 21 (Saturday), 2017. This meeting features our last presentation on EBP by an invited speaker, Professor Philip McCasland from Fukushima University. Following this presentation and a business meeting of the chapter, we will have our Shinnenkai (a New Year Party) to celebrate the completion of this year and welcome another successful year in 2017. Please find the details below:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)

Date: Jan 21, 2017 (Sat) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  Room 4201 (Bldg. 4), Yoyogi campus, Tokai University

 2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0063

Please find the link for the location:

http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/access.html#Anc_Yoyogi  (in English);

http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/shared/pdf/yoyogi_campus.pdf (in Japanese)

Program of the November meeting:

  • 15:00~15:30 Invited Presentation by Philip McCasland (Fukushima University)

Title: Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice

Abstract: How do practitioners apply government policy to classroom practice? In this presentation, I will demonstrate how the Japanese Ministry of Education’s policy papers on both global jinzai (Global Human Resource Development) and entrepreneurship education have been applied to the curriculum design of specific classes in two business faculties here in Japan. This presentation will be primarily based on chapter eight of the forthcoming book Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (2017), titled A Global Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship in Japan, co-authored with Dr. Sarah Louisa Birchley. By taking a close look at the general aims of stated government policy, it is possible to find important definitions and general aims that can be translated directly into classroom objectives and goals. The implementation of these objectives and goals into classroom practice happens through the application of strict methodological principles, in this case a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology. Nevertheless, pure policy is difficult to translate directly for it requires one other element, the lens of social frameworks. The examples given for teaching entrepreneurship include the frameworks of Possible Selves and International Posture. Nevertheless, classroom practice, the operationalizing of policy, is crucial where activities accurately reflect policy, theory, and methodology. I will therefore share two activities that I have used to teach entrepreneurship to economics and business majors. Finally, I will discuss how this formula (policy, frameworks, methodology, and practice) might be adapted and applied to other tertiary contexts by other English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and CLIL practitioners.

Bio: Philip McCasland is an associate professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Fukushima University. For the past 20 years he has taught English at both private and public universities here in Japan. He holds a BA and MA in TESOL and his current research interests include historical business documents; experiential learning through business internships; and teaching entrepreneurship. He can be contacted at mccasland@econ.fukushima-u.ac.jp

  • 15:00~16:00 Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice (Philip McCasland) (inclusive of Q&A)
  • 16:00~17:00 Business Meeting
  • 17:00~17:30 Moving to the venue of the Shinnenkai
  • 17:30~ Shinnenkai (The venue will be announced later.)

Please come and join the last event of the academic year. We look forward to having you at the meeting and the Shinnenkai!


Chapter Chair


JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Contact: SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Reiko Fujita (reiko-f[a]tokai-u.jp) Tokai University; Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo