July 28th, 2018 Meeting Cancelled due to typhoon.

Dear members,

We are sorry that we had to cancel the meeting for today due to the typhoon. We are working on rescheduling this meeting in October or November.

On another note, we will be uploading the Call for Papers this afternoon.

JACET ESP Kanto July 2018 Meeting

Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our July meeting on July 28 (Saturday), 2018. The themes of this meeting are EBP (English for Business Purposes) and EOP (English for Occupational Purposes). The details are as follows:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (July Meeting)

Date: Jul 28, 2018 (Sat) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 602

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

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)


  • 15:00~16:15 Invited Presentation by Kazushige Tsuji (Mukogawa Women’s University)

Title: English Communication Skills in Increasingly Globalized Japanese Companies: A Focus on BELF

(BELF: English as the Business Lingua Franca)


The shift towards borderless activities by Japanese companies, regardless of their size, continues to grow rapidly and has become increasingly commonplace. This situation compels personnel working in such companies to acquire pragmatic English communication skills. With an eye on apprehending and attending to English communication skills needed in business, this presentation contends that the development of English use and needs at Japanese manufacturing companies is a good bench mark, as the manufacturing industry is the pioneer of global operations in the Japanese private sector. The presenter shares his research on BELF (English as the Business Lingua Franca) and highlights key knowledge, skills and experiences related to English, needed in globalized workplaces.

 Bio of Invited Presenter:

Kazushige Tsuji is a professor in, and current Chair of, the Department of English at Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo Prefecture. His research interest include ESP in business contexts.

  •  16:15~17:00 Business Meeting:

SIG Poster at the National Convention

Special 20th anniversary edition of annual report of ESP Kanto

Planning of fall activities


 SHI Jie



JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January 2018 Meeting)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)
Date: Jan 13, 2018 (Sat) 15:0017:00
Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), UEC Alliance
Center, 100th Anniversary Hall
(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)
Location: For English, see the attachment; For Japanese Webpage:

Program of the January meeting (Meeting theme – Academic writing):
1.15:00~16:00 Invited Presentation by Christine Feak (University of
Michigan, USA)  (Session via Skype)

Title: Research Article Abstracts for Non-Expert Readers

Abstract: Research article abstracts are an extremely important genre.
When well written, abstracts can increase the chance that a paper will
go out for review, that a well-qualified reviewer will agree to offer
feedback, and that the paper will be read. Writing an effective research
article abstract for one’s peers is challenging enough, but the
challenges are becoming greater as many scientific journals are
expecting authors to provide a second abstract directed at non-expert
readers. These abstracts have a number of different names, including:
lay abstracts, author summaries, and significance statements. My talk
today will focus on this emergent genre and how we might support
students’ efforts to write for non-experts.

Bio of Speaker:
Dr. Christine Feak is a lecturer at the English Language Institute of
the University of Michigan since 1988 and is an experienced ESP
practitioner, researcher, editor and productive author. Among her
numerous ESP/EAP publications, “Academic Writing for Graduate Students:
Essential Tasks and Skills”, “Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts”, ”
Telling a Research Story” and “Navigating Academia” that she has co-
authored with the famous ESP pioneer Professor John M. Swales are well-
known reference books not only in the US but also in Japan especially in
the EST domain. Her current research interests include the discourse
analysis of academic legal genres, medical writing, the evaluation of
NNS writing, and positioning in graduate student writing.

2.16:00~16:30 Research Presentation by Patrick Foss (Tokyo Medical and
Dental University )
Title: Incorporating the Academic Word List into introductory EAP
Abstract: The Academic Word List (Coxhead, 2000) is a collection of 570
word families which have been shown to appear frequently in a wide range
of academic texts. As such, it is a useful resource in university-level
language education, particularly in introductory EAP classes. However,
simply telling students to “study the list” is unlikely to be effective;
words need to be encountered and used in different contexts in order to
be mastered. The presenter will show how a portion of the Academic Word
List was selected and then incorporated into a course focused on
improving a variety of academic English skills within a communicative

Bio of Speaker:
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.

3. 16:3017:00 Business Meeting

4. 18:30~  ESP SIG KANTO Chapter SHINNENKAI: January 13, 2018

We welcome any members of our group even if you cannot join the above
meeting. The restaurant is located in a convenient part of downtown
Tokyo. Anyone can go to the venue directly and join us for the wonderful
Turkish food, good company and the entertainment there. Just drop Shin
Hashimoto a message by email as shown below.

ボスボラス ハサン 新宿店
東京都新宿区新宿3-6-11第一玉屋ビル 2F
■予約日時 1月13日(土) 18:30
■コース名 ≪ Bコース ≫トルコ料理を堪能できます★(飲み放題の付かないコース
■コース料金   お一人様 ¥3,750(税込)

Time: 18:30 ~ (right after our SIG meeting)
Restaurant: Bosphorus Hasan (free cultural event included)
Menu: Course B (3,750 yen not including alcohol)
Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13000925/dtlmap/
The restaurant is a Turkish restaurant in Shinjuku (just a few doors
down the Yose “Suehiro-tei” very close to Isetan Department Store)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (Oct 21st 2017 Meeting

JACET ESP 関東研究会」では、10 月 21 日(土)に研究会を実施いたします。

JACET ESP 関東支部は 10 月 21 日(土)に研究会を開催いたします。この研究会では研究 書籍や論文のレビューを行います。今回はすでに下記の 3 件が予定されていますが、他に もご希望の方がいらっしゃいましたら 10 月 7 日(土)までにご希望内容を下記の問い合 わせ先までお送りください。JACET ESP Kanto Chapter is pleased to announce its October meeting to be held on Oct 21 (Sat.). This meeting is planned to be a study meeting where participants present reviews of books and journal papers on ESP research and practice. There are three reviews already scheduled in this meeting. However, there is still room for a couple of more sharing sessions by our members. Please consider this message as an invitation to make short presentations. Use the following contact for your proposal by October 7 (Sat.).

日時:2017 年 10 月 21 日(土) 15:00-17:00

場所:電気通信大学東1号館 705 号室 (University of Electro-Communications, East 1-705) 参加費:無料(事前申込不要)Free of Charge 交通アクセス:


  1. “Self-Efficacy: An Essential Motive to Learn” by Barry J. Zimmerman in Contemporary Educational Psychology 25, 82–91, (2000). Reviewed by Shin Hashimoto
  2. “The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes” by Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield. Reviewed by Chris Litten
  3. “Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts” (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes; English in Today’s Research World by John M. Swales, Christine B. Feak.) Reviewed by Jie Shi
  4. Other reviews
  5. Business meeting

問合せ先: JACET ESP 関東研究会 SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp)

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (May 2017 Meeting)

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Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

Welcome back to a new academic year with JACET ESP Kanto! The officers of ESP Kanto wish every member another successful academic year! 春光の折り、益々のご発展を祈っております。本年度もよろしくお願いいたします。

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our chapter’s first meeting on May 28 (Sunday), 2017. We will have two presentations (see details below) followed by a business meeting. Please join us for the two exciting presentations and offer your valuable opinions on how the officers could organize our chapter’s activities better in this academic year.

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (May Meeting)

Date: May 28, 2017 (Sun) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705

(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

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)

 Program of the May meeting:

1.15:00~15:40  Research Presentation by Paul McBride (Tamagawa University), Charles Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Title: Pedagogical implications of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) for EAP writing instruction

 Abstract: In an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) circumstance, users of English are not bound by native speaker (NS) norms; rather, their “success” can be measured by their ability to communicate effectively, and to adapt communication to reflect the diversity and variability of English use in shared contexts. However, what are the implications of ELF for writing instruction? Since, broadly speaking, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) assumes that Non-Native Speakers (NNS) should conform to native forms of language use, how should college English instructors address the issue of writing in EAP? There are divided opinions among ELT practitioners. It is argued that adherence to native English norms in academic and professional writing tasks reflects editorial realities: conventional native norms embody the language, organization, and presentation used for academic discourse. On the other hand, ELF researchers contend that priority in language teaching may be given to nurturing ‘communicative capability’ (Seidlhofer 2011, Widdowson 2003, 2015). Such a capability, it is claimed, would serve learners well when they subsequently needed to or wished to conform to native norms (Seidlhofer 2011). The presenters will examine some of the challenges (and opportunities) posed by ELF research concerning EAP writing instruction. An overview of current ELF research findings will be presented. The importance in L2 academic writing pedagogy of Standard English and a distinction between “correctness” of language form and appropriateness of language use will be explored. Approaches which may assist ELF writing practitioners in a multiple-draft, process writing context will be proposed, and suggestions about conferencing ELF writers will be made. Finally, the presenters will discuss how ELF-informed thinking has affected their instructional practices and interactions with students.

Bio of Speaker 1:

Paul McBride is an associate professor at the Centre for English as a Lingua Franca at Tamagawa University. His research interests include English as a lingua franca, and extensive reading. He assists with editing the JACET Kanto Journal.

Bio of Speaker 2:

Charles Robertson is an associate professor within the College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University.  His research interests include: Second-Language (L2) composition theory and practice, English for Science and Technology (EST), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL).

215:40~16:20 Research Presentation by Michael Sharpe (Kochi University )

Title: Dissecting the tests: Commonalities, individualities and predispositions in standardised academic English tests

Abstract: This presentation will report on a study in which analysis of a corpora of TOEFL, IELTS and EIKEN (2008 ~) reading and writing tasks was undertaken. Several aspects of the tasks were examined including

  • Commonalities and individualities in task types and topics
  • Culturally-related predispositions within tasks
  • The nature of the English used to compose tasks

The overall aim of the study was to gain greater insights into these widely-used standardised assessment tools and guidance for EAP curriculum development in a college level context. It will be argued firstly that, while these tests are often treated as discreet entities, it will be both more productive to design curricula that encourage the development of skills and knowledge applicable in multiple contexts.


Michael Sharpe has been teaching at university level in Japan for 13 years, and is currently a faculty member and deputy director of the International Education Program at Kochi National University. Interests include English for Academic Purposes, and the origins and evolution of English. He is also Kochi’s only speaker of Welsh.

  1. 16:20~17:00 Business Meeting

Announcement of officers; Annual Report of 2016; Confirmation of annual plan, etc.


Chapter Chair


JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Chairs and Advisors:

Chair, SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)

Vice-Chair, Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo

Advisors: Reiko Fujita (Tokai University) and Charlie Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Chapter website: https://jacet-esp-kanto.org/


JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January 2016 Meeting) and Shinnenkai

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Dear all JACET ESP Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our January meeting on Jan 21 (Saturday), 2017. This meeting features our last presentation on EBP by an invited speaker, Professor Philip McCasland from Fukushima University. Following this presentation and a business meeting of the chapter, we will have our Shinnenkai (a New Year Party) to celebrate the completion of this year and welcome another successful year in 2017. Please find the details below:

JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)

Date: Jan 21, 2017 (Sat) 15:00 17:00 

Venue:  Room 4201 (Bldg. 4), Yoyogi campus, Tokai University

 2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0063

Please find the link for the location:

http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/access.html#Anc_Yoyogi  (in English);

http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/info/traffic_map/shared/pdf/yoyogi_campus.pdf (in Japanese)

Program of the November meeting:

  • 15:00~15:30 Invited Presentation by Philip McCasland (Fukushima University)

Title: Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice

Abstract: How do practitioners apply government policy to classroom practice? In this presentation, I will demonstrate how the Japanese Ministry of Education’s policy papers on both global jinzai (Global Human Resource Development) and entrepreneurship education have been applied to the curriculum design of specific classes in two business faculties here in Japan. This presentation will be primarily based on chapter eight of the forthcoming book Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (2017), titled A Global Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship in Japan, co-authored with Dr. Sarah Louisa Birchley. By taking a close look at the general aims of stated government policy, it is possible to find important definitions and general aims that can be translated directly into classroom objectives and goals. The implementation of these objectives and goals into classroom practice happens through the application of strict methodological principles, in this case a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology. Nevertheless, pure policy is difficult to translate directly for it requires one other element, the lens of social frameworks. The examples given for teaching entrepreneurship include the frameworks of Possible Selves and International Posture. Nevertheless, classroom practice, the operationalizing of policy, is crucial where activities accurately reflect policy, theory, and methodology. I will therefore share two activities that I have used to teach entrepreneurship to economics and business majors. Finally, I will discuss how this formula (policy, frameworks, methodology, and practice) might be adapted and applied to other tertiary contexts by other English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and CLIL practitioners.

Bio: Philip McCasland is an associate professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Fukushima University. For the past 20 years he has taught English at both private and public universities here in Japan. He holds a BA and MA in TESOL and his current research interests include historical business documents; experiential learning through business internships; and teaching entrepreneurship. He can be contacted at mccasland@econ.fukushima-u.ac.jp

  • 15:00~16:00 Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice (Philip McCasland) (inclusive of Q&A)
  • 16:00~17:00 Business Meeting
  • 17:00~17:30 Moving to the venue of the Shinnenkai
  • 17:30~ Shinnenkai (The venue will be announced later.)

Please come and join the last event of the academic year. We look forward to having you at the meeting and the Shinnenkai!


Chapter Chair


JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Contact: SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Reiko Fujita (reiko-f[a]tokai-u.jp) Tokai University; Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo


JACET ESP SIG Kanto (November 2016 Meeting)

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Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,

It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our July meeting on November 13 (Sunday), 2016. This meeting features a presentation by an invited speaker followed by a sharing session of academic activities in Japan as well as overseas and a business meeting of the chapter. The details are as follows:

  • JACET ESP SIG Kanto (November Meeting)
  • Date: Nov 13, 2016 (Sun) 15:00 17:00 
  • Venue:  University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705 (UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)

Please find the link for the location:

Program of the November meeting:

  • Abstract: TESOL International Association (or TESOL) based in Alexandria, Virginia in the USA has over 11,000 members worldwide, and over 950 of those members belong to the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) community network. In the TESOL ESPIS, English for specific purposes (ESP) has been conceptualized in various genre including PowerPoint presentations, online forums, blog posts, webinars, and the ESPIS newsletter. In his presentation, the speaker discusses how the conceptualization of ESP in a PowerPoint presentation titled English for Specific Purposes: An Overview for Practitioners and Clients (Academic & Corporate) (Knight, Lomperis, Westerfield, & van Naerssen, 2010) can be linked to other conceptualizations of ESP in the ESPIS including the following: 1) five month-long, professional development discussions about ESP conducted online and titled TESOL ESPIS Community Discussions 2011–2012, 2) a virtual seminar hosted by TESOL and titled Principled ESP: Best Practices and Case Studies, 3) the ESP Project Leader Profiles published from May 2015 to the present on the blog for TESOL International Association[1], and 4) a TESOL ESPIS newsletter article titled Stakeholder Buy-in in English for Occupational Purposes Contexts. These four resources reflect the leaders in the ESPIS who are involved in both English for academic purposes (EAP) and English for occupational purposes (EOP). In connection with EOP, the ESP PowerPoint listed above was informed by a book published by TESOL (Friedenberg, Kennedy, Lomperis, Martin, & Westerfield, 2003/2014), which is focused on workplace training. Accordingly, the conceptualization of ESP in the ESP PowerPoint includes best practices in EOP.
  • Title: Conceptualizations of ESP in the ESP Interest Section of TESOL International Association
  • 15:00~15:30 Invited Presentation by Kevin Knight (Kanda University of International Studies)
  • References
  • Friedenberg, J., Kennedy, D., Lomperis, A., Martin, W., & Westerfield, K. (with van Naerssen, M.). (2014). Effective practices in workplace language training: Guidelines for providers of workplace English language training services. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. (Original work published 2003)
  • Kertzner, D., Knight, K., & Swartley, E. (2012). Principled ESP: Best practices and case studies [Webinar]. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
  • Knight, K., Lomperis, A., Wesrerfield, K., & van Naerssen, M. (2010). English for specific purposes: An overview for practitioners and clients (academic & corporate) [PowerPoint presentation submitted to TRC]. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
  • Lomperis, A. (2016). Stakeholder buy-in in English for occupational purposes contexts. ESP News. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
  • Bio: Dr. Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) of TESOL International Association, he has served as chair, English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and ESPIS community manager. He is currently co-editor of ESP News (the ESPIS newsletter). He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the TESOL board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and he recently completed the TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program Online. He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
  • 15:30~16:00 Experience Sharing of JACET National Conference and other international academic conferences
  • 16:00~17:00 Business Meeting

A heads-up for the January meeting and the Chapter Shinenkai:

  • On Jan 21 (Saturday, 3pm-), our chapter will hold our last meeting of this academic year and Shinenkai following the meeting. Please mark your calendar! It is planned to have two presentations on the theme of EBP which is the theme of our Chapter this year. The location of the Shinenkai is yet to be decided. Recommendations are welcome.
  • We are looking forward to seeing you at both meetings and the Shinenkai!


Chapter Chair