Sessions / Video Q & A
The J'Expat Network provides personal coaching and guidance counselling specifically for English speaking women in Japan. Coach/Guidance Counsellor Sarah Mulvey of the J'Expat Network will provide an introduction to goal setting as well as introduce relaxation techniques for when teachers may feel burnout setting in. Sarah will offer some tools that teachers can use at home to help them create personal and work goals in the semester ahead. For long-term teachers and newcomers as well, this session can be one step towards a more fulfilling teaching life here in Japan. URL: https://sites.google.com/view/jexpat/home
After a short introduction of meridian points (acupuncture points) and the system, I will introduce how to find your acupressure points and how to press them to promote relaxation and wellness, and eventually to help restore balance.
Have you ever thought of writing your own textbook? Though you may not have a shortage of great teaching ideas, it can be very difficult to navigate your way through the maze of self-publication hurdles. Please join us and learn about using desktop publication software, finding high-quality images, obtaining ISBNs, printing, and distribution.
This presentation investigates learner usage of the Xreading online library in terms of completion rates, book level, reading time, reading speed, books completed, and total words read. This data was used to develop educator and learner best-practice guidelines to support classroom practice and autonomous learning. These guidelines are being used to implement, manage, and develop extensive reading programs at a Japanese university, and cultivate and sustain a community of readers.
Duoethnography is a qualitative research method in which two researchers use their life histories as a lens through which to study a given topic. In this forum, the presenters will first introduce the research method, and then provide examples of projects carried out using duoethnography based on chapters from a recently published book. The presentations will explore duoethnography as a research method, a vehicle for reflection, and as a form of project-based learning.
This study explores the pragmatics of aviation english (AE) used between pilots and air traffic controllers in radiotelephony communications. AE is composed of a combination of highly prescribed aviation phraseology and plain English for non-routine situations. Although politeness is often considered superfluous in AE, negotiation of face and (im)politeness emerges especially when using plain English. Based on the findings, we offer suggestions for interactional training and testing for native and nonnative English-speaking aviators.
Extensive listening (EL) is less widely discussed than extensive reading but also offers opportunities for plenty of input. Students in a university quarter class were asked to listen to news reports for homework. In past years, they most often recommended reports that they found easiest, where they rated their own comprehension well, and where they needed to listen fewer times. This presentation attempts to confirm these findings by replicating previous research from the same class.
Introducing “Tititoria,” a fun, engaging traditional Maori short-stick game, that activates hand-eye coordination, rhythm, beat and communication. This 40-minute session will demonstrate how to make the short sticks, play “Tititoria in pairs or groups, with various passing patterns. A brief insight in the history of Tititoria and its potential applications in classroom settings.
This paper outlines findings from an ongoing mixed-methods study on rater leniency in L2 speaking tests. The research finds a small but statistically significant relationship between two rater characteristics, “Agreeableness” and “Experience”, and “Rating Leniency”. Raters higher in agreeableness and/or experience give more lenient scores. The study then thematically analyses rater commentary to triangulate these findings with qualitative evidence.
Microsoft has developed its collaboration and communication platform Teams to be targeted toward education as a powerful learning management system. This workshop will begin with sharing how we use Microsoft Teams as educators to make the classroom experience richer, easier, and more efficient for students, teachers, and managers. Communication channels, collaboration spaces, shared notebooks, assignment distribution, and student progress tracking are just some of the features we will cover in this 60-minute workshop.
This workshop will show how you can transform your PowerPoint slides so they look professional, exciting, and mesh seamlessly with other digital class applications. The presenter will demonstrate a number of dynamic and highly creative ways of organizing teaching materials on screen. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned PowerPoint expert, there will be useful tips and tricks on creating a pedagogically-engaging and interactive online educational experience for your students using PowerPoint.
This presentation will describe corpus assisted critical analysis of online discourse about assistant language teachers (ALTs) in Japan. This discourse can build awareness of employment issues affecting ALTs, but it may also contribute to ALTs’ perceptions of disempowerment by promoting ideas that ALTs are fundamentally unprofessional and their exploitation is unavoidable. To counter this, it is hoped users of online communities will approach them with a sense of solidarity, not only competitiveness or frustration.
This short presentation will introduce original research data that investigates the use of Japanese language in the classroom by non-Japanese English teachers. Using data from classroom observations and interviews with teachers, the presentation will focus on various factors of teacher identity to explore how perceived language ability, prescribed ideologies, and emotion and anxiety combine together to influence teachers’ use (or not) of Japanese in the classroom.
More effective methods for combating public speaking phobia must be developed, and virtual reality-based exposure to public speech acts may hold advantages over traditional instructional methods alone, allowing students to rehearse speeches in low-anxiety environments in front of simulated audiences. This presentation will explore a study conducted with university students in Japan in which presentation skills and mindfulness training, along with VR-based presentation practice, were combined to attempt a reduction in public speaking anxiety.
The presenter will discuss solutions to the challenges encountered teaching English for Medical Purposes (EMP), challenges that can be grouped under five headings: needs and wants; teacher expertise; lesson content; classroom management; and assessment. For example, responding to the students’ want for content that is relevant means the EMP teacher cannot remain a layperson. How then can they become sufficiently knowledgeable to teach a lesson on, for example, opioid pharmacology?
Non-native speaker teachers need to be able market themselves better. Marcel Proust, a French novelist said, “When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” Working hard is important but simultaneously, non-native teachers need to know how to effectively invest their time. In this presentation, the presenters will explore practical ideas to help non-native teachers compete in the TESOL market.
This presentation describes a study of the degree of critical thinking skills exhibited in a small-scale learner spoken corpus of a university English discussion class. Analysis found a strong correlation between the type of question being asked and the use of critical thinking skills. The presenters will use examples from the corpus to discuss formulaic language and question construction that may help teachers better illicit critical thinking in L2 learning.
Podcasting is a tool for continuing professional development in the ELT community, with participation seen as a sustainable “teacher network” option. Drawing upon the presenters’ experiences of podcast production, as well as surveying other projects in the field, this practical session will introduce attendees to ways of engaging in podcasts for professional development purposes. The audience will have the chance to reflect on a variety of formats and discuss wider applications for podcasting in ELT.
This presentation describes a collaboration between two women’s universities, one in the United States and one in Japan. Students from both universities participated in an online course, a cross-cultural analysis of women’s leadership. The presentation focuses on the use of an existing learning management system to facilitate the exchange. The presenters will offer best practices that will be of interest to educators seeking to implement virtual intercultural learning experiences when travel is not feasible.
This short presentation will present original research that uses a variety of narrative-focused research methods, combined with the framework of intersectionality in order to capture the voices and experiences of female, non-Japanese teachers attempting to make their way as English teachers in Japan. By focusing on personal struggles as well as structural marginalization, the presentation aims to give unique insights into the teachers’ contextual situations as well as giving a voice to teachers seldom heard.
This presentation discusses the development of a writing style guide for an integrated academic English course at a university in Tokyo. The contents of the guide, rationale for the contents, and both teachers’ and students’ responses from piloting the guide will be discussed. Finally, this presentation offers practical suggestions to English-teaching faculty members on how to develop and/or revise an in-house writing style guide.
With Taiwan officially becoming an aged society in 2018, intergenerational learning has received increasing attention. We developed and implemented an intergenerational learning program in which 20 dyads of elementary school children and their grandparents learned English alphabet and the words associated with the 26 letters of the alphabet. The target words are representative of Taiwanese culture, for example, b for bubble tea. The program holds considerable promise to foster collaboration, interaction, and exchange between generations.
This mixed-method study employed an engagement scale survey and semi-structured interviews to examine student engagement (N=212) focusing on three types of interactions, (1) student-student, (2) student-content, and (3) student-instructor in undergraduate courses. The quantitative results indicated strong engagement between students and instructors; while student-student engagement was rather limited. Given that the interviews revealed a mixed scenario and problems encountered by students, generally, these participants held a positive attitude towards this mode of learning.
As students with special learning differences (SpLD) increase in Japanese tertiary education, the need for inclusion and accommodation becomes more crucial. When learners, with or without learning differences, become aware that their language classroom is a community and a place where diversity is celebrated, accommodation becomes shared practice. In this presentation, an empirical study and practical tools for EFL classrooms to empower students towards independence, a sense of belonging, and self-advocacy will be discussed.
As teachers move to online learning environments, we need new tools and platforms to help students communicate with peers. We will share how scaffolded Flipgrid videos can build a virtual communication space for students to share their voices. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use topic-based scaffolds to enhance the student experience of Flipgrid. As a participant, you will receive the materials we used so that you can implement Flipgrid with your classes.
This research provides an analysis of the effects of integrating two types of gaming media, board game and smartphone application, of Klaus Teuber’s The Settlers of Catan in a business English class at a private Japanese university. Furthermore, this research also provides suggestions, as supported by qualitative data collected through post-game surveys, as to the most effective applications for both types of gaming media in EFL contexts.
Fostering prospective teachers is at the heart of teacher education. Teacher education should have a sharper focus to advance effectively (Beck & Kosnik, 2009). Among common practices for preparing future teachers is the implementation of the teaching practicum course. Centering on preservice teacher education in an EFL context, the research findings offer perspectives of the current practices and highlight important aspects for preservice teachers and teacher educators to address prior to the teaching practicum journey.
The presenter, who has enjoyed success motivating students using real-time online classroom games like Quizlet Live, recently added another new game to his repertoire called Quizizz, a free online tool for creating quizzes where students can use their mobile devices to compete against each other in the classroom. This session will introduce the Quizizz app, including the classroom Live Game mode as well as how it can be used for out-of-class study.
This presentation reports the findings from an English online discussion forum that employs the LINE smartphone application to investigate the effect of instruction on Japanese university students’ use of nonverbal markers (emoji and punctuation) to strengthen an opinion’s implied meaning in online discussion. The findings report on participants’ nonverbal marker use, pre-instruction and post-instruction, for two levels of EFL language proficiency.
This workshop will examine the challenges faced in measuring spoken production and look at how these challenges were overcome at a Japanese tech company by creating an internal speaking test used for both English and Japanese . By using systematic approach to evaluate spoken production we are able give accurate and actionable feedback to learners enrolled in language programs as well as track the progress over short and long term timespans.
Over a semester, students attending a university in Japan undertook several different approaches to drilling effective pronunciation and identification of sounds, specifically the sounds present in English and not Japanese. This led to a direct increase in the ability of students to recognize the differences between Japanese vowel sounds and English vowel sounds. This presentation looks at the outcomes of this study and presents ways to implement effective pronunciation drills in your classroom.
Making the digital transition, this presentation looks at the impact of introducing digital approaches to learning in place of their analogue equivalents in a content and language integrated learning (CLIL) course using an extensive reading approach. The study compares student progress between students using the standard analogue forms of study and students using a cloud-based equivalent. The implications of the study consider the value of switching to digital forms.
This study used a mixed-methods approach to examine the intercultural sensitivity of one group of 8 Thai tutors (n=8) within their “internationalization at home” local environment at a university in Thailand while hosting a group of Japanese university students participating in a three-week study abroad program. Overall, the results showed that Thai tutors’ interaction confidence increased the most followed by marginal gains in engagement, attentiveness, and respect for cultural differences.
This session will present qualitative data from surveys and interviews with graduate-level MA TESOL students required to learn fully online during the time of COVID-19. Data will be presented on student perceptions around participation and engagement in asynchronous online discussion forums. Based on findings from the data, attendees will learn strategies for setting up and sustaining viable and effective online discussion forums for adult students.
The study investigated the teaching effectiveness of an intensive program and observed the changes of students’ attitudes and instructors’ perceptions. Eleven Japanese college students joined an English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) program at a university in Taiwan for nine days and were given English-medium courses by American, Singaporean, and Taiwanese instructors. The student-participants and instructors reported increased motivation as the most evident merit, while calling for greater authenticity of using English in ELF contexts.
I detail the techniques I use to incorporate narrative inquiry into a methods course for preservice English teachers. The aim is to encourage students to think about their identities as teachers and language learners, and to view the class itself as an unfolding narrative. Specific techniques include narrative frames that access reflections on the course as a whole and written assignments that interrogate the social contexts in which teachers live and work.
This study examines scores of the IELTS and TOEIC (L&R and S&W) and investigates test-taker reactions to the tests. The IELTS, TOEIC, and a questionnaire were administered to 84 university students, and interviews were conducted. The test scores were analyzed for descriptive statistics and correlations, and the questionnaire and interview results were examined with special attention to the speaking and writing tests, the formats of which are different for the IELTS and TOEIC.