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Dear all members of JACET ESP Kanto, I hope this message finds you well.
It is my pleasure to announce that our January meeting will be held on Jan. 16, Saturday, 2021, on ZOOM. This meeting features two specially invited talks by Professor Helen Basturkmen of the University of Auckland of New Zealand and Professor DU Jianying, Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China. Both speakers are ESP/EAP specialists and highly regarded in the field of ESP in Asia and the world.
It is a valuable opportunity for us to hear directly their excellent research from the two overseas researchers. I hope you would be able to join this meeting and the voluntary online networking session after the talks. The voluntary online networking session is intended to replace the annual Shinnenkai of our group around this time of the year.
Please refer to the following for the detailed meeting ZOOM setup, program, titles, abstracts and the bios of the two speakers.
Topic: ESP Kanto January Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 16, 2021 02:45 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo
Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626932312?pwd=UmszTndqMmJCcmlGTEZwNHNEdllEUT09 Meeting ID: 876 2693 2312
- 15:00-16:00 Research Presentation 1
Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
- 16:00-16:30 Research Presentation 2
DU Jianying, Huazhong University of Science and Engineering, China
- 16:30-17:00 Discussion & Business Meeting
- 17:00-18:00 Voluntary online networking
Title: Developing materials in English for specific purposes
Presenter: Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
This presentation discusses ESP teaching methods and materials including why ESP teaching methods and materials may differ from those in general English language teaching. ESP teachers often develop or adapt materials to meet the particular needs of their group of learners, and this involves them in considering the kinds of teaching/learning activities that they will use. It is common for published materials to have only limited relevance to their group of learners and so typically ESP teachers adapt existing materials or develop material ‘in-house.’ In this presentation, I discuss examples of teaching/learning activities drawing on case reports of teaching innovations in local settings, and I show ways that materials can be linked to the needs, methods and learning styles of the learners’ targeted work or study situations.
Keywords: Materials, adapting materials, developing in-house materials, longer tasks and projects Bio of Presenter 1:
Helen Basturkmen teaches courses on discourse analysis and English for Specific Purposes at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has written two books on English for Specific Purposes (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006; Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and edited English for Academic Purposes in the Critical Concepts in Linguistics Series (Routledge, 2015). Before, coming to New Zealand, she worked as an ESOL teacher and teacher educator in the Middle East for many years.
Title: Novice EAP learners’ genre play capacity
Presenter: DU Jianying, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China Abstract:
The dual nature of genre as both conventional and innovational encourages the EAP pedagogy to aim at not only genre production but also genre creation. As a relatively recent pedagogical endeavor, genre play serves as a bridge between conventional norms and innovative practices. Drawing on the pedagogical effect of genre play, this article calls for an attention to the novice EAP learners’ personal interest and personified expression as the universal learning need, in addition to target genres as their specific need. In our study, data obtained through textual analysis and discourse-based interview suggests that students are better motivated to push the genre boundaries when they maintain the control over the stylistic form and when their subjective views are valued. For the first-year undergraduate students with very limited experience in producing academic genres, the EAP-specific lexico- grammatical and rhetorical devices remain the shortest board in their genre capacity. The undergraduate EAP pedagogy therefore should encourage explicit discussion and playful manipulation of linguistic patterns and rhetorical effects. Meanwhile, though genre play has the potential to sweeten the undergraduate EAP pedagogy, pertinent learner need analysis is needed for the playful tasks to
lead to an overall increase in the learner’s genre performance.
Bio of Presenter 2:
Dr. Jianying Du is Associate Professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Her main research interests include second language acquisition theories and English for Academic Purposes. She is particularly interested in EAP pedagogy, EAP teacher development, and critical thinking. She teaches academic literacy to students on various levels at higher education in China.
We are looking forward to your participation. Sincerely yours,
Chair, JACET ESP Kanto Contact: shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp
Dear all members of JACET ESP Kanto,
I would like to provide you with more details of the panel of our July meeting, the Panel on the Challenges of Remote Teaching, as follows. You are cordially invited to join this panel on ZOOM and provide other members with your valuable knowhow in remote teaching.
The program consists of four short presentations of 15 minutes each followed by a half-an-hour Q&A session. We hope that the topics of this panel will interest you and that you will help our chapter circulate this meeting among your colleagues and friends.
We look forward to meeting you at the meeting:
Time: Jul 11, 2020 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM
The Zoom link and password for this session can be found in the JACET ESP Kanto Sig Facebook group and in the latest group email.
Panel: The Challenges of Remote Teaching
Title: Peer Review in Online Writing Classes
Patrick Foss, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Abstract: Conducting peer review activities in the traditional classroom is simple enough, but doing them online can be a logistical challenge. The presenter will discuss how to use Zoom’s shared screen and annotation tools for peer review involving short assignments and how to incorporate WebClass for review activities involving longer pieces of writing.
Bio: Patrick Foss is an associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. His research interests include vocabulary use and development and curriculum development.
Title: Zooming with Students
Tito Akindele, University of Tokyo
Abstract: Effective teaching is best evaluated by productive learning, which in turn is most fruitful when students take ownership of their studies. For students to take ownership of their studies, a teacher has to be competent and more importantly, approachable. Unfortunately, the absence of face to face communication in remote teaching hampers the teacher’s efforts. This presentation will focus on the strategies that were employed while remotely teaching Active Learning of Science for Science Students and Fluency-oriented Workshop, to first-year students at The University of Tokyo. Undoubtedly, the use of Zoom has changed theway education will be delivered for years to come.
Bio: Tito was born in London but grew up in Nigeria. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Leicester and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Leeds. He is currently an assistant professor at The University of Tokyo and an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of the University of Electro-Communications.
Title: Difficulties in Remote Teaching
Johnny Chu, University of Electro-Communications
Abstract: Teaching remotely has been an important topic for many teachers these past several months. It has caught many teachers by surprise because some teachers do not have a lot of knowledge about LMS and using video conferencing software to teach. Remote teaching is especially challenging for part-time teachers because they have to deal with many different university standards and LMS. The presenter will discuss some of the challenges they encountered while teaching remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bio: Johnny Chu is a part-time university instructor at multiple universities in Japan. At the moment, he is teaching at UEC Tokyo, Ferris University, and Tokai University. He is originally from San Jose, California and has a BA in Linguistics and a MA in TESOL.
Title: Enhancing Teacher-Student Resonance in Remote Teaching and Learning
SHI Jie, University of Electro-Communications
Abstract: Language teaching in the context of remote or online education needs to be especially carefully calibrated in order to achieve the desired learning objectives. A remote classroom is sometimes considered to be undesirable for language learning and inferior to face-to-face context. This paper, however, presents the pedagogical techniques derived from technological manipulations and curricular adjustments that enhance student experiencing and participation in and outside of the class.
Bio: SHI Jie is currently a professor of TESOL at the University of Electro-Communications and devotes most of her research on ESP (EAP) in the domain of English for Science and Technology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her other research interests include Cognitive Learning and AI-Assisted Translation.
Thank you very much.
Chair, JACET ESP Kanto
- May 23 (Sat) (Business meeting. All members are welcome)
Jul 11 (Sat) (Research meeting 1)
Oct 31 (Sat) (Research meeting 2)
Jan 16 (Sat) or Jan 9 (Sat)* (Research meeting 3 and Shinenkai)
Today the Jacet ESP Kanto SIG had our first meeting of 2020 and the last one for this academic year. Charlie Robertson from The College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University discussed in detail “how the college of science and engineering at his university in Tokyo attempted to incorporate major changes to its English curriculum that had been in place for over 20 years.“
In the near future, we will be announcing more presentations events for the year 2020.
Have a great 2020 and hope to see you at future events.
After the presentation, we all went to Yona Yona Ale for our annual New Year party.