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JACET ESP SIG Kanto (March 2014 Meeting)


March 2014 Meeting


Date:  March 8th, 2014 (Sat)  15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A   16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Aoyama Gakuin University (Sagamihara Campus) B-Building, Room B-303

http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/outline/campus/pdf/access_sagamihara.pdf (in Japanese)
http://www.aoyama.ac.jp/en/outline/sagamihara_campus.html (in English)


Science Challenge – a novel language-learning project at Kochi National College of Technology

Michael Sharpe

Abstract: This presentation will describe the process of designing and implementing a simple science-based collaborative EFL project for a group (n=80) of 1st-year student engineers at Kochi National College of Technology. The presenter will first examine the main rationales for the course – the apparent disparity between the content of language curricula taught at most junior engineering colleges in Japan and the actual language needs of Japanese engineers. The presenter will then outline how efforts are being made to address these problems at KCT using a project-based language learning approach and describe the main objectives of the course (i.e., to improve general communicative competence, particularly oral communication skills, and to encourage interest in and motivation for learning and communicating in English).  Issues surrounding the practicalities of designing and implementing the course, as well as, observations on what has been achieved so far will be explored. It is hoped that the presentation will act as a catalyst for a productive discussion regarding the design and implementation of practical ESP courses for junior engineers which address their future academic and professional language needs.


Presenter: Michael Sharpe teaches English to junior and undergraduate engineering students, and medical science students. His research interests include: project-based language-learning and the use of text visualisation techniques in the L2 reading classroom. He has a Masters Degree in TEFL from the University of Reading, U.K.


The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014

We are pleased to announce that the International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014 will be held on Feb 22, 2014 (Saturday) at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) Tokyo, Japan. Speakers include Stefan Gries(UCSB, USA), CAI Minggan(FudanUniversity, China), MoonsubHan (Han Yang University, South Korea), Winnie Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China), Laurence Anthony (WasedaUniversity, Japan), Theron Muller (Toyama University, Japan) and SHI Jie(University of Electro-Communications, Japan).

Please see links below for more information.

Flyer of Call for posters ESP symposium 2014

Official website

ESP symposium poster

JACET ESP-Kanto SIG December 2013 Meeting

Date: December  21st, 2013 (Sat) 

  • 16:00~16:50 Presentation & Q&A;
  • 17:00~17:30 Business Meeting;
  • 18:00~20:00 Bonenkai

Venue: Tokai University, Takanawa Campus 東海大学高輪キャンパス  Room 4102


都営地下鉄浅草線「泉岳寺駅(sengakuji)」下車、Exit A2より徒歩約10min 



in Japanese    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/index.html

in English    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/international/campus/takanawa.html



Key Factors for Designing EBP Courses

The presenters’ research aims at systematically establishing a connection between university and industry to pragmatically develop courses in English for Business Purposes (EBP) and corresponding materials.  In the interest of examining the present status of international communication at global businesses in Japan, the presenters have conducted two primary phases of data collection. First, on-line research was undertaken with 1,000 business people across Japan to analyze the need for English at Japanese companies operating globally. Next, questionnaires were distributed to 100 business people assigned to planning and organizing English education, to both obtain data regarding English courses given to their employees and examine corporate language policies. Respondents were also asked to list English courses considered important at university based on their perspectives in relation to skills and contents. In this presentation, the results of data analysis to date will be explained, highlighting a gap between the English courses in place and English needs at these companies. The presenters will then outline a plan for their future research regarding the designing and implementation of practical EBP courses, which will aid in the shaping of tertiary education to better meet the needs of industry.

Kazushige Tsuji is a professor in the Department of English at Mukogawa Women’s University.  His current interests include building bridges between university and industry to systematically design and implement EBP courses.

Setsu Tsuji currently teaches English courses at Kansai University and Mukogawa Women’s University.  Her present research interests are English for Business Purposes(EBP), and international communication management.

JACET ESP-Kanto– December Meeting & Bonenkai Date Change (new date: 12.21.2013)

Dear JACET ESP-Kanto SIG members,

The date of December’s Meeting (& Bonenkai) has been changed: the new date is December 21, 2013.
I apologize for the schedule change and the inconvenience that this may cause you.
More information detailing the speakers, venue and Bonenkai location to follow soon.
Warmest regards,
Charles E. Robertson

JACET ESP-Kanto SIG October 2013 Workshop Meeting (10.12. 2013)

Dear members,
I hope that you have survived this year’s scorching summer weather. Today actually feels as though fall has finally arrived!
Let’s hope so.
After much planning, I’m very happy to announce that we will have 4 presenters for our October Workshop Meeting (please see details below). I cordially invite you to welcome and support Masa Tsuneyasu, Brett Milliner, Travis Cote and Dave Rear on October 12th at our first ever “workshop meeting.”
Enjoy the last few days of freedom before the Autumn term begins!
See you on the 12th!
Charlie Robertson

JACET ESP SIG Kanto   (October 2013 Workshop Meeting)

Date:    October 12th ,  2013 (Sat)               15:00 ~16:30 Presentations, Q&A

16:30~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue: Tokai University, Takanawa Campus 東海大学高輪キャンパス  Room 4204


都営地下鉄浅草線「泉岳寺駅(Sengakuji)」下車、Exit A2より徒歩約10min



in Japanese    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/index.html

in English    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/international/campus/takanawa.html

Workshop structure /topics:

Part I:

Four presenters will share a teaching activity, which is related to ESP instruction, for approximately 15 minutes per presenter. Presenters will use a Power Point presentation but will be encouraged to speak informally. (60 minutes)

Part II:

Each presenter will talk one-on-one (or to a few audience members) in an informal “breakout session.” Audience members will be able to move freely into separate CALL classrooms where each presenter will give a “hands-on” demonstration of their teaching activity. (30-40 minutes)

Presenter’s Name

Title of Show & Tell


Masa Tsuneyasu

(Utsunomiya University)

Practical Lesson Plans for Engineering Students

Engineering students are more likely to enjoy individual activities. The presenter will introduce activities which stimulate  students’ cognitive and spatial knowledge.

Brett Milliner 

(Tamagawa University)

Take an Oath to Vocabulary Growth This presentation will introduce the vocabulary flashcard softwareQuizlet.   This introduction will demonstrate how students are able to interact with the software on their smart phones and personal computers. Teachers will also learn how to oversee their students’ interactions with the system

Travis Cote  

(Tamagawa University, College of  Tourism & Hospitality)


Mobile Language Learning: Apps for Speaking & Listening Practice

This brief presentation will introduce a speaking activity/project I did with my Tourism & Hospitality Management students using an iPhone app.

Dave Rear

(Shibaura Institute of Technology)

Making an ESP Reading Course with Authentic Materials

This presentation will introduce a course  using authentic materials on technical and engineering topics. It will provide ideas for constructing a lesson plan that keeps students motivated and interested.

JACET ESP Kanto SIG– October’s Meeting/Workshop

Dear JACET ESP-Kanto members,

I hope that you are all surviving this terribly hot and humid summer. Moreover, I’m sure that you are extremely busy with only a few weeks remaining in the term… and with possible preparations for the JACET National conference next month; however, there are two messages that I need to convey to you.

First, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to the JACET EBP Survey & Research Committee members along with the members from the IIBC (Institute for International Business Communication) who gave an excellent and informative presentation last month: Business demands on English in today’s Japan. Their research findings were extremely interesting and useful!

Second, I would like to announce and request your participation in October’s “show & tell” workshop. *In response to our recent survey, we will be holding a workshop on October 12 (Sat.).

Survey question & results:

“Would you support the idea of devoting two meetings per year to a workshop-type “show & tell” format where several members could informally present useful teaching ideas, research techniques and/or summarize useful academic research articles?”

Definitely yes: 65%

Probably yes: 35%

Workshop scope/structure:

Part I:

5 presenters will share a teaching activity or methodology, which is related to ESP instruction, for approximately 10 minutes per presenter. Presenters may use a Power Point presentation if they like, but will be encouraged to speak informally. Presentations should be useful and easily adaptable to a variety of ESP teaching situations. Thus, for example, a lesson and/or an approach which might be utilized within an Engineering English class could also be easily adapted for a Business English class. In addition, presenters will prepare a simple (A-4 sized) handout to support their talk.    (50-60 minutes)

Part II:

Each presenter will talk one-on-one (or to a few audience members) in an informal “breakout session.” Depending on the lesson and/or teaching idea, presenters could either sit in a corner or at a table to answer questions and offer suggestions. Audience members will be able to move freely between presenters during this time. (20-30 minutes) **If presenters would like to “show & tell” while using the Internet or a CALL classroom, arrangements can be made to provide these facilities.

To present:  Please submit your proposal (and/or questions & comments) to Charlie Robertson at: pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com by August 31, following the submission format below.

Presenter’s Name Title of Show & Tell Content  Time and Equipment


I’m looking forward to reading your “show & tell” presentation proposals! *Additional details regarding October’s workshop: presenters/topics/venue, etc… will be announced in September.

Have a wonderful and restful summer!  See you in October!

Charlie Robertson



JACET ESP SIG Kanto June 2013 Meeting

Date:  June 29th,  2013 (Sat) 15:00 17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A

                                                                                    16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue: Tokai University, Takanawa Campus 東海大学高輪キャンパス  Room 4304


都営地下鉄浅草線「泉岳寺駅(sengakuji)」下車、Exit A2より徒歩約10min 



in Japanese    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/index.html

in English    http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/international/campus/takanawa.html

Joint Presentation by:

JACET-EBP Survey and Research Committee,

with IIBC (Institute for International Business Communication)

Business demands on English in today’s Japan:

Investigating difficulties encountered at business meetings


With the rapid expansion of the global economy, many corporate HR managers in Japanese companies are pressed to develop globally competitive human resources. According to a survey conducted by IIBC in January 2013 of Japanese publicly-listed companies, 75% of respondents said that their companies use English in business, and some of them use English as an official language. In fact, English is used in various business situations, and attending business meetings held in English is one of the challenges for many Japanese business people. Research has shown that a number of Japanese businesspersons feel that they are not good at refuting or persuading others at English business meetings and express the desire to gain the confidence to participate in flexible decision making. In this two-part presentation sessions, firstly, current business demands on English in Japan will be  illustrated. Then, in the second half of the session, we will describe the results of a questionnaire given to  businesspersons working for large public companies in Japan. The participants are asked about English business meetings to elicit difficult situations and problems caused by inadequate English skills. The survey items included English proficiency levels required for meetings based on the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) scale, meeting frequency, the number of and language background of attendees, meeting style (face-to-face or using e-communication), and difficulties that attendees encountered in meetings. The following aspects of English business meetings were examined: 1) meeting purpose (forward-, backward- or present-oriented); 2) the attendees of a meeting (inter- or intra-organizational); 3) the business cycle of a meeting (planning, task-oriented, reporting, problem-solving, and others); 4) English proficiency (speaking, listening, vocabulary, comprehension, and others); 5) other factors including mental and psychological factors, and emotional intelligence. This presentation will describe the purpose and background of the questionnaire including Japan’s educational and business demands on English. The questionnaire design and results will be discussed.

<JACET-EBP Survey and Research Committee Members>

Dr. Hajime Terauchi: Professor of English Language in the Department of Commerce, Faculty of Commerce, Takachiho University, Tokyo. He has a BA in Civil Law (Keio University, Japan), MA in English Language Teaching (University of Warwick, UK) and PhD in English Language Teaching (University of Warwick, UK).

Tamao Araki: Assistant Professor at Miyazaki Prefectural Nursing University. He earned his M.A. in Linguistics before beginning to teach English at university level and currently focuses his research on second language learning processes in the context of his own teaching practices. Additional interests include Network-Based Language Learning/Teaching, Complexity Theory, and English for Specific Purposes.

Hisashi Naito: Professor of English in the Faculty of Business Administration, Hokkai-Gakuen University. He is the president of the ESP Hokkaido chapter. His research interests include business communication, genre analysis and computer-assisted language learning. He has publications in the area of ESP and EMP.

Masako Terui: Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Kinki University. She is the president of the ESP Kansai chapter. Her research interests include English for engineers/engineering students, genre-based approach to research paper articles and computer-assisted language learning.

Reiko Fujita: Associate Professor in the Foreign Language Center at Tokai University. Her research interest is in the field of ESP, particularly English for tourism. She is an English Program coordinator for the Faculty of Tourism. She served as the chair of the ESP Kanto chapter during the years 2010-12.

Masuyo Ando: General Manager, IP (Institutional Program) Division, the Institute for International Business Communication, joined the organization in 2010. She started her career in finance and marketing, and she has 17 years’ experience in consulting for Japanese educational institutions in the field of international education and school management.  Currently she is in charge of the sales and marketing of TOEIC programs for corporations, universities and individuals in Japan.

Kosuke Miki: Corporate Market Team, R&D Team, IP Planning & Operation Unit, IP Division, The Institute for International Business Communication (IIBC).

JACET ESP Kanto SIG membership survey results (as of 5.30.2013)

*Here are the latest results of our membership survey taken recently: survey results

Next Meeting: May 11, 2013


May 2013 Meeting

*Date:  May 11th, 2013 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00  (15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A)  (16:10~17:00 Business Meeting)

Venue:  Shibaura Institute of Technology, Toyosu Campus (Main Conference Room on the 5F in Research Building)

http://www.shibaura-it.ac.jp/access/toyosu_map.html  (in Japanese)
http://www.shibaura-it.ac.jp/access/index_e.html (in English)


ESP Material Design: from a Teaching and Publishing Perspective       


 by  Alastair Graham-Marr

Presentation Abstract: 

What are the parameters that guide decision making when devising an ESP curriculum? Of course, classes need to be engaging and need to match the needs of our Japanese students. However, we are also responsible for making sure that classroom activities maximize our students’ learning opportunities and do so according to accepted theories of second language acquisition. Classes and classroom materials need to be accessible for language learning to take place. The choice of when to use authentic material and when to use sheltered materials needs to be based on student abilities. A useful framework to consult before making such choices is the European Common Framework (CEFR). Even, if not employed as an assessment device, the CEFR remains a useful frame of reference when designing courses and making curriculum choices. Included in the CEFR is the concept of language domain, which is connected to linguistic complexity. Concrete, immediate to self topics are generally suited for lower level learners while abstract, far from self topics are better suited for upper levels. It is these latter topic areas that are better suited for ESP.

Profile of the Presenter: 

Alastair Graham-Marr is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Science. He has been teaching in Japan for 24 years. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. His research areas include, the effect of output on SLA and the effect of explicit instruction on SLA. In addition to this, Alastair Graham-Marr has worked as an editor and materials designer for Abax Ltd., a small independent ELT publisher. An active conference participant, this work has given him the opportunity to meet and talk with thousands of teachers from all over the world.


May 2012 Meeting

May 2012 Meeting 

Date:   May 19th, 2012 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00 15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A

16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Shibaura Institute of Technology, Toyosu Campus
Main Conference Room on the 5F in Research Building

Presentation: Using and Adapting Authentic Materials
to Help Motivate Students
Richard Pinner

Presentation Abstract: Authenticity is often seen as a desirable component in the content we select and adapt for our language learners. It has been shown that authentic materials are more motivating, even for low-level learners, than inauthentic or contrived materials (Peacock, 1997). It is also likely that the increased focus on content rather than the “transm[ition of] declarative knowledge” (Tomlinson & Masuhara, 2010) will make authentic materials more motivating for the teacher as well as the students. Teachers who are motivated in their subject will be more motivating for their students. This course will present various definitions of authenticity and examine ways to select and adapt authentic materials to use with students as a way of exposing them to other cultures and ways of thinking. Special emphasis will be placed on using authentic materials for low-level students. The course will also look at ESP or subject-specific materials. The role between student and teacher motivation will also be examined.

Profile of the Presenter:
Richard Pinner is a PhD candidate at The University of Warwick and holds an MA from King`s College, London. He is currently researching into Authenticity and Motivation in Language Learning. He currently teaches on a part-time basis at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Sophia University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He has been teaching since 2004 and has worked in London and Tokyo. He also works as a teacher trainer, particularly on areas such as implementing technology and materials development. His publications and conference presentations are available on his blog at http://www.engnet-education.com

Peacock, M. (1997a) ‘The effect of authentic materials on the motivation of EFL learners’ ELT Journal, 5 (12) (pp. 144-156)
Tomlinson, B. & Masuhara, H. (Eds.) (2010) Research for Materials Development in Language Learning London: Continuum