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JACET ESP SIG Kanto October 2014 Meeting

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The JACET ESP Kanto Chapter   and the  JALT West Tokyo Chapter co-present:

Micro-conference on Tourism English Education”

October 11, 2014  Saturday  2:30~5:00pm

Venue: Tamagawa Gakuen University  Building 5 Room: B-114

Access:  http://www.tamagawa.jp/en/access/

Map: http://www.tamagawa.jp/campus/map/


2:30       Opening      Charlie Robertson (MC)

2:35~2:55  Presentation   Travis Cote

English as a lingua franca (ELF) and the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

2:55~3:25  Presentation  Reiko Fujita

Framework for English for Tourism education at a tertiary level

3:30~3:50  Presentation  Kyoko Morikoshi  

Integrating Hospitality and Tourism Education with English education

3:50~4:10  Featured Speech  Atsuko Takamiya

Traveling around Japan in English

4:10~4:20  Break

4:20~4:40  Q & A and discussion

4:40~5:00  Socializing


Travis Cote (Tamagawa University)                           

English as a lingua franca (ELF) and the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

In early 2013, Tamagawa University in Tokyo embarked into new territories with the creation of a new College of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) in addition to launching a campus-wide English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) program. This presentation will briefly introduce the new College and the language program as it concerns the CTH students and one area of ESP: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The presenter will also introduce the new ELF program at Tamagawa and discuss some of the challenges and successes within the new program as it relates to the CTH cohort.


Travis Cote is an Assistant Professor in the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Tamagawa University and a faculty member in the Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF). He holds an MA TESOL degree, and his research interests include: teacher induction practices, computer-mediated language learning, and extensive reading and curriculum development. Travis is also a contributing author to Digital Mobile Language Learning (http://dmll.jaltcall.org) travis@bus.tamagawa.ac.jp


Reiko Fujita (Tokai University)

“Framework for English for Tourism education at a tertiary level”

English for Tourism (EFT) is a rather new field of ESP in Japan, and teachers are making respective efforts to design EFT courses. However, when available online syllabi are reviewed, the goals of these EFT courses are often too broad and vague. The presenter will suggest a framework for EFT courses in Japanese universities by examining the definitions, characteristics and assessment exams of EFT.


Reiko Fujita is an 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.

Kyoko Morikoshi (Hokusei Gakuen University)

“Integrating Hospitality and Tourism Education with English education”

Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College has implemented three hospitality and tourism related classes in order to help students become well prepared for their future careers.  The success of the program is based on three key concepts of “global linkage,” “experiential learning” and “collaboration with the tourism industry.”  In this presentation, the author discusses how hospitality and tourism education is beneficial for English teaching.


Kyoko Morikoshi is a professor at Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College in Sapporo. Her current research interest is the integration of English education and hospitality education.  Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the school of Hotels and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Atsuko Takamiya (Japan Convention Services, Inc, Freelance Interpreter)

Traveling around Japan in English

The speaker will share her experiences as an interpreter tour guide and discuss foreign visitors’ expectations when visiting Japan on business or on holiday. Her lecture will cover the characteristics of  “English for Guiding”. Specifically, the presenter will explain about customers’ questions and how she has solved various client problems. She will also share her experiences of using Internet-based devices that satisfy customers’ requests.


Atsuko Takamiya is a certified English-speaking tour guide. For nine years she has been guiding tourists and corporate people from overseas, helping them with their sight-seeing and business-related needs throughout Japan.

Contact: Charlie Robertson pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com, Reiko Fujita reiko-f@tokai-u.jp

JACET ESP SIG Kanto June 2014 Meeting


June 2014 Meeting


Date:  June 28, 2014 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  Tokyo Keizai University, Building 6, Room F-305 (Tokyo Keizai University 1-7-34 Minamicho, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-0021)


Please find the link for the location:

http://www.tku.ac.jp/english/campus/  (in English)

http://www.tku.ac.jp/access/kokubunji/  (in Japanese)


Presentation:   A Review of the Theoretical Origins of English for Specific Purposes

by  Tomonori Ono


Presentation Abstract:

ESP first emerged in the 1960s as a result of linguistic interest in scientific prose and technical English. The demand for ESP grew during the 1970s as a result of the works of influential scholars such as Swales (1971) and Bates and Dudley-Evans (1976) who focused on the use of the English language in scientific writing. However, it was not until the 1980s before linguists attempted to define and treat ESP as a separate field. This presentation will trace the theoretical origins of ESP through an examination of the literature with respect to common definitions, characteristics, and classification systems.

Profile of the Presenter:

Tomonori Ono earned an MA in TESL with Distinction at Hawaii Pacific University, and was awarded the National Dean’s List: Honoring America’s Most Outstanding College Students in 2006-2007. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in ESP at the Graduate School of Language Education at International Christian University, and teaches ESP courses at Keio University and Aoyama Gakuin University.


Contact: Charlie Robertson (pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com) Aoyama Gakuin University; Reiko Fujita(reiko-f@tokai-u.jp)  Tokai University

JACET ESP SIG Kanto May 2014 Meeting


May 2014 Meeting


Date:  May 24th, 2014 (Sat) 15:00 17:00  15:00~16:00 Presentation, Q&A  16:10~17:00 Business Meeting

Venue:  The University of Electro-Communications, Chofu, Tokyo (East 1 Building, Room 705

Please find the link for the location:
*(No 7 on the map of the east campus is East 1. )

http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/  (in English)

http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/  (in Japanese)


Presentation:   Implementing a genre-based ESP curriculum at university

by  Professor SHI Jie (English Department, UEC Tokyo)

Presentation Abstract:

As the need for ESP in tertiary English education rises globally in tertiary education, a new English preprogram called “Technical English” was developed at a Japanese university of science and technology in Tokyo. This first university-wide compulsory ESP program at national universities in Japan was put in action in the academic year of 2012. The basic concepts and design of the ESP curriculum of this program have been reported previously at the JALT conference. As a follow-up research on this new ESP program, this presentation focuses on the results of the end-of-year investigation on the implementation of the whole program which includes both Spring and Fall semesters of two different courses. A closer examination of the academic genres selected by the whole science faculty for the new curriculum, such as academic presentations using ppt and posters, oral reports of academic articles and original research, abstracts, research papers, will be conducted in this study. Students’ feedback on the learning of the genres and teachers’ perspectives on the effectiveness of the instructions of the main genres will also be reported.

Profile of the Presenter:

Professor SHI Jie has been teaching and researching in EAP, ESP, Bilingualism/Trilingualism and Corpus Linguistics in PRC, Singapore and Japan. In addition, she has been working as a teacher trainer specializing in curriculum design and teaching methodology. Her main working experiences in Japan include the International Christian University and the National University of Electro-Communications where she has been working on the development of EAP- and ESP-oriented programs, Bilingualism, intercultural communication, and corpus linguistics for science English. Professor Shi has a strong interest in the area of English as an Asian language as well as an international/world language.

ContactCharlie Robertson (pacificenglishteacher@gmail.com) Aoyama Gakuin University; Reiko Fujita(reiko-f@tokai-u.jp)  Tokai University

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