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