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JACET ESP 関東 1 月研究会_Announcement of January 22, 2022 meeting of JACET ESP Kanto

Dear JACET ESP Kanto members,

I hope this message finds you well. It is my pleasure to announce that our next meeting will be held on January 22, Saturday, 2022, on ZOOM. Please refer to the following for the detailed meeting ZOOM setup, program, title, abstract, and the bio of the speaker.



  1. 15:00-16:00 Research Presentation
  2. 16:00-17:00 Discussion & Business Meeting


  • Title: Developing and evaluating a computer-based speaking test for Japanese university admissions
  • Presenter: Zhou, Yujia, project lecturer at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


With the internationalization of Japan, developing university students’ speaking skills is becoming vital; however, very few universities in Japan use an originally developed four skills-based entrance test that includes a speaking component. At this meeting, I will introduce a computer-based speaking test that has been developed as a selective assessment for Japanese university admissions. The test, called British Council TUFS-Speaking Test for Japanese Universities (BCT-S), was jointly developed by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and the British Council. Aptis, an international test developed by the British Council, serves as its platform, whereas the contents and the delivery system have been adapted to meet the specific needs of Japanese university admissions. In the presentation, I will introduce the background of the test development and the challenges the developers encountered. I will also discuss the empirical validity evidence collected during the test development process as well as the plans for future validation studies. This presentation is intended to provide Japanese university teachers an opportunity to consider how they might effectively utilize speaking assessments to promote the teaching of speaking skills in their classroom.

Bio of the presenter

Yujia Zhou is a project lecturer at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where she teaches undergraduate courses on English skills and a graduate course in teaching and assessing speaking skills. She graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies with a Ph.D. in language testing and has been involved in the development and validation of a computer-based speaking test for Japanese university admissions since 2017. Her current research interests include the validation of computer-based speaking tests and improving students’ critical thinking skills through group discussions and debates.

JACET ESP 関東 10 月研究会_Announcement of October 30, 2021 meeting of JACET ESP Kanto

Dear JACET ESP Kanto members,

I hope this message finds you well. It is my pleasure to announce that our July meeting will be held on October 30, Saturday, 2021, on ZOOM. Please refer to the following for the detailed meeting ZOOM setup, program, title, abstract, and the bio of the speaker. Please register from the link below by October 20, Wednesday, 2021.


ESP Kanto July Zoom Meeting
Time:: 2021 年 10 月 30 日 03:00 PM 大阪、札幌、東京 Zoom ミーティングに参加する
Meeting ID: 868 6902 1104
Passcode: 898805


  • 15:00-16:00 Research Presentation
  • 16:00-17:00 Discussion & Business Meeting
  • Title: Technology-enhanced vocabulary learning: a longitudinal study
    1. Michael Sharpe, Kochi National University, Kochi Prefecture, Japan
    2. David Grant, National Institute of Technology, Kochi College (Kochi Kosen)
    In this presentation, we will report on a longitudinal study on intentional (direct) and incidental (indirect) vocabulary learning in a technology-enhanced learning context. The study has been conducted over a 31-month period commencing April 2019 with a group (n=160) of EFL learners at a Japanese junior engineering college. In the intentional component of the study, during the study period participants studied vocabulary online using a subscription-based vocabulary learning resource (WordEngine), and for the incidental component read extensively from a library of graded readers, which was monitored through MReader. Results at the intermediate waypoint showed vocabulary increase among participants in the range of 835 – 5973 words with a mean across the group of 2875. From these results, we have concluded that a synthesized, technology-enhanced learner-directed approach to vocabulary learning can be effective for certain learners across a range of abilities and may be applicable to other classroom contexts.
    1. BIO of the presenters:
      a. Michael Sharpe has been teaching at the university level in Japan for 18 years and is currently tenured faculty and
      deputy director of the International Education Program at Kochi National University. Research interests include
      EST/EAP, academic literacies, digital text analysis, extensive and intensive reading, global competency education
      and assessment, the origins and evolution of English, English as a Lingua Franca, and Global Englishes.
      b. David Grant has taught English at all levels of the Japanese education system for 25 years. He is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Technology, Kochi College (Kochi Kosen). His current research interests include vocabulary acquisition, extensive reading, computer-assisted language learning, and English for specific purposes.

JACET ESP関東7 月研究会 Announcement of July. 17, 2021 meeting of JACET ESP Kanto

Dear all members of JACET ESP Kanto,

I hope this message finds you well.

It is my pleasure to announce that our July meeting will be held on July 17, Saturday, 2021, on ZOOM. Please refer to the following for the detailed meeting ZOOM setup, program, title, abstract, and the bio of the speaker. Please register from the link below by July 14, Thursday, 2021.


ESP Kanto July Zoom Meeting

Time: 2021717 03:00 PM 大阪、札幌、東京

Meeting URL Zoomミーティングに参加する


Meeting ID: 874 4266 8684

Passcode: 768634


  1. 15:00-16:00 Research Presentation
  2. 16:00-17:00 Discussion & Business Meeting

Title: Using automatic speech recognition to develop speaking skills

Presenter: Professor Paul Daniels, Kochi University of Technology, Kochi Prefecture, Japan


Using automatic speech recognition to develop speaking skills can assist Japanese English-language learners who have few opportunities to speak English outside of the classroom. Further, creative solutions need to be explored that maximize speaking opportunities and prepare learners for standardized language tests that contain a speaking component. With the aid of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) technology, in conjunction with automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology, learners can receive additional extensive speaking opportunities which can lead to improved English communication skills. This presentation will introduce how CALL and ASR can be effectively deployed in the language classroom to prepare learners for online speaking exams and to provide additional extensive speaking opportunities. The presenter will outline several online speaking platforms that are designed to automatically score student speech and provide individualized speaking feedback. The presenter will also introduce an open-source speech assessment question-type for Moodle (an open-source content management system) which he has been developing over the past six years. The system employs Google’s speech recognition engine to transcribe student speech into text which is then automatically scored using a phoneme-based algorithm. The speech assessment question-type is freely available via Github.com and is compatible with the latest versions of Moodle.

BIO of the presenter:

Paul Daniels has been using technology in the language classroom for the past 30 years in both the USA and Japan and actively leads international workshops on computer-assisted language learning topics. His current research involves speech recognition and how it can be used to engage learners in speech practice.

JACET ESP関東1月研究会_Announcement of Jan. 16, 2021 meeting of JACET ESP Kanto

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.

ZOOM meeting:
Topic: ESP Kanto January Zoom Meeting
Jan 16, 2021 02:45 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo
Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626932312?pwd=UmszTndqMmJCcmlGTEZwNHNEdllEUT09 Meeting ID: 876 2693 2312
Passcode: qtT6ud


  1. 15:00-16:00 Research Presentation 1
    Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 16:00-16:30 Research Presentation 2
    DU Jianying, Huazhong University of Science and Engineering, China
  3. 16:30-17:00 Discussion & Business Meeting
  4. 17:00-18:00 Voluntary online networking

Presentation 1
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.

Presentation 2
Title: Novice EAP learners’ genre play capacity
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,

Shi Jie
Chair, JACET ESP Kanto Contact: shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp

July 11, 2020 JACET ESP Kanto Meeting in ZOOM.

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


Presentation 1:

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.

Presentation 2:
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.

Presentation 3:

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.

Presentation 4:

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

Meeting Dates of 2020

I would like to inform you of the tentative meeting dates of our chapter for 2020 as follows:
  1. May 23 (Sat) (Business meeting. All members are welcome)
  2. Jul 11 (Sat) (Research meeting 1)
  3. Oct 31 (Sat) (Research meeting 2)
  4. Jan 16 (Sat) or Jan 9 (Sat)* (Research meeting 3 and Shinenkai)
If the Covid-19 situation does not disrupt our regular life too much from now on, these dates above will be observed. Otherwise, I will send notices of cancellation to our group.
At the same time, please note that we have scheduled three research meetings, July 11, Oct 31 and Jan 16 or 11. For these meetings, we are recruiting presentations. If you or your colleagues are interested in making a presentation, please send me the details for our officers to consider. Also, if you wish for the meeting to be held on your premises (for free), please feel free to let me/us know, too.

First presentation of 2020

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.

JEK 2020

Annual New Years Party at Yona Yona Ale, Omotesando, 2020/01/11

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January 11th, 2020 Meeting)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)
Date: January 11, 2020 (Sat) 15:0017:00
Venue: Room 15501 (5th Floor), Goucher Memorial Building No. 15, Aoyama Gakuin University
Please find the link for the location:

15:00~16:00 PROGRAM INNOVATIONS: International Communication for Scientists and Engineers

Associate Professor Charles E. Robertson and Professor David W. Reedy, Aoyama Gakuin University


This presentation details how a college of science and engineering of a major private university in Tokyo attempted to incorporate major changes to its English curriculum that had been in place for over 20 years. Six years into the reformed program, the presenters will illustrate an array of improvements in a department not well-known for its commitment to English education, specifically: implementation of a comprehensive freshmen orientation, integration of a department-wide e-learning system, class streaming based on a standardized test, administration of pre-tests and post-tests, operation of credit-bearing study abroad programs, application of a strict EMI policy, and a CEFR-based curriculum utilizing an EGP to EAP to ESP strategy. The increased promotion of English education has contributed to changes in student attitudes and performance as well as the calibre of incoming freshmen. Students are now aware that English is a crucial element of their tertiary education and that resources are available to assist them to improve their English language skills, including English for science and engineering. The presenters believe that these students now strive for an identity as global scientists and engineers and that the new curriculum, which promotes ESP, has increased learner motivation and autonomy.

Keywords: ESP, curriculum development, English for Science and Technology, learner motivation, autonomy


Charles E. Robertson is an associate professor at the College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.  His research interests include: Second-Language (L2) writing theory and practice, English for Science and Technology (EST), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). robertson@aoyamagakuin.jp

David W. Reedy is a professor at the College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. Currently, deputy director of the International Center of Aoyama Gakuin University. Research areas include language policy, effective study abroad programs, computer-assisted language learning, and learner autonomy. dreedy@aoyamagakuin.jp

16:10~17:00 Business Meeting:
SIG officers meetings. Other members are also welcome.

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (October Meeting 2019/10/19)

Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our October meeting on Oct 19, (Saturday, 15:00-17:00), 2019. We have invited two speakers, Rich Bailey of Tokai University and Robert Gommerman of Chuo University. They will present their research on ESP for graduate students of engineering and EMI program for business majors respectively. I am sure their presentations will benefit our members who are interested in not only an ESP-oriented approach but also EMI education linking ESP with the content of students’ disciplines. Please come to join this event and invite your colleagues and friends.

The details of the talk are as follows:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (October Meeting)
Date: Oct 19, 2019 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00
Venue: Room 602, East 1 Building, University of Electro-Communications (電気通信大学)

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585/東京都調布市調布ヶ丘 1-5-1)

 15:00~15:30
Presentation 1
ESP for Engineering Graduate Students at Tokai University Rich Bailey, Tokai University (Shonan Campus)


In response to the Tokai University Engineering department’s concerns regarding the English levels of their graduate students, two semester-long (14 weeks, once-a-week) ESP courses were created: Technical English for Engineers (TEfE) [required] and English Presentation for Engineers (EPfE) [elective]. While the original unified TEfE syllabus has been phased out in favor of teacher-selected textbooks and a new TOEIC focus, EPfE has evolved over time, especially to meet the needs of different student levels and an increase in international students. The presenter will explain the various curricular aspects of TEfE/EPfE courses including syllabus design, the use of supplemental materials, pedagogical activities, and successes and challenges of the implementation of the courses.

Keywords: ESP, English for Engineering Majors, English for Graduate Students, ,

Bio of Presenter

Rich Bailey has been teaching ESP courses through the International Education Center at Tokai for

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)

six years. He has taught in Japan for more than ten years and has also taught in the U.S., Fiji, and Kazakhstan. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1991, he obtained his master’s degree in TESOL at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio in 1995.

 15:30~15:40 Break

 15:40~16:10
Presentation 2
An analysis of preliminary student performance data in an EMI program for economics and business management majors: Are we overstating the importance of prior English proficiency?
Robert Gommerman, Chuo University

In the last few years, several universities in Japan have opened departments with courses and entire programs instructed exclusively in English. As these programs become more popular, it is important to understand the extent to which English proficiency at the onset of studies can predict performance in content classes where instruction, course materials, and support are delivered entirely in English. Data from a newly created business department at a respected Japanese university suggest that prior English ability could not predict performance in two core subjects (Introductory Economics and Business Management). Despite having low English proficiency scores, many students were able to achieve high grades in both subjects, while some students with high proficiency scores did not perform well. While this analysis is still in the exploratory phase, the findings so far could have significant implications for the viability of EMI programs in Japan, and criteria for admission to such programs.

Keywords: EMI, content-based teaching, English proficiency, language performance, Economics and Business Management majors,

Bio of Presenter

Robert Gommerman has been working at universities in the Tokyo area for the last 13 years and currently works as a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor at Chuo University’s newly created faculty of Global Management, a department that operates as an English Medium Instruction (EMI) program. Gommerman plays the central role in coordinating curriculum development and helping to design the program to be one based strongly on data science.

 16:10~17:00 Business Meeting:
SIG officers meetings. Other members are also welcome. Discussion includes review of the 2019 JACET national convention, Chapter Journal of Vol 21, January meeting (with Shinenkai), JAAL-JACET convention in November, Chapter finance, and other research activities.


SIG Chapter Contact: SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Shin’ichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp), Tokai University; Megumi Nishikawa (egumi- nishikawa[a]tsc.u-tokai.ac.jp), Tokai University

Post JACET ESP Kanto Meeting July 20th, 2019

JACET ESP Kanto had our first summer meeting at the Shibuya Campus of Aoyama Gakuin University. Obari gave a great presentation on A.I. and 21st Century English Skills in language teaching. Afterwards, we had a business meeting and the following meeting dates were tentatively decided. I am listing these below.
  1. Next Meeting-October 19 or 26 2019. The date will be updated shortly.
  2. January 11th, 2020, JACET ESP Kanto Meeting and Shin Nen Kai.