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11:15

Developing a Web Comic to Teach English #144

Interactive Poster Session
Finished
Saturday 11:15-11:50 JST

Comics in Japan are a huge source of entertainment and a pop culture icon that people of all ages love, but comics are also often used to teach in Japan, including language. In 2019, as part of an attempt to serve students at our university with exciting and engaging original materials that they can use for free to learn English and rhetorical content, a yonkoma (or “four panel”) online comic was developed and posted on Instagram over the course of several months. This poster presentation will explore how that comic was developed, how it used language and rhetorical concepts, and how it targeted students.

Comics in Japan are a huge source of entertainment and a pop culture icon that people of all ages love, but comics are also often used to teach in Japan, including language. In 2019, as part of an attempt to serve students at our university with exciting and engaging original materials that they can use for free to learn English and rhetorical content, a yonkoma (or “four panel”) online comic was developed and posted on Instagram over the course of several months. This poster presentation will explore how that comic was developed, how it used language and rhetorical concepts, and ... more

12:00

Pre/post study abroad learning in the local community #158

Interactive Poster Session
Finished
Saturday 12:00-12:35 JST

Pre/post study abroad learning for college students does not have to limit itself to classrooms. Given the current situation in Japan, with an expanding foreign resident population, a new opportunity has presented itself: Language exchange between college students and foreign residents in the local community. A preliminary trial called Kokubunji Local has been conducted in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It is a weekly Japanese-English language exchange among people in the Kokubunji area that include college students. It has 37 members from 12 nations. There have been 24 meetings as of February 18th, 2020, with 7 participants for each meeting on average. One meeting usually lasts for 1 hour, half spent on English conversation, the other on Japanese conversation. Kokubunji Local provides college students with opportunities to have casual talks with the participants from diverse background, many of who speak fluent English. Students who plan to study abroad are especially benefited as foreign participants often talk about the cultural differences between Japan and their home countries. Students often realize that not only their English needs to be improved a lot prior to their study abroad but also they should bring conversation topics and entertain the participants. For students who have come back after study abroad, Kokubunji Local provides an opportunity to put their improved speaking skills into practice. A list of suggestions will be presented at the end of the presentation for a further trial at a bigger scale. These will include suggestions regarding how to draw participants, venue, time, facilitators, etc.

Pre/post study abroad learning for college students does not have to limit itself to classrooms. Given the current situation in Japan, with an expanding foreign resident population, a new opportunity has presented itself: Language exchange between college students and foreign residents in the local community. A preliminary trial called Kokubunji Local has been conducted in Kokubunji, Tokyo. It is a weekly Japanese-English language exchange among people in the Kokubunji area that include college students. It has 37 members from 12 nations. There have been 24 meetings as of February 18th, 2020, with 7 participants for each meeting on average. One ... more

Speaker: Toshiko Oda

Toshiko Oda is an associate professor of English and Linguistics at Tokyo Keizai University. She is a JALT SA SIG member. She has been involved in organizing SA programs at ... more

Speaker: Kotaro Sato

Student of Tokyo Keizai University

13:30

Short-term study abroad = tourist training? #160

Presentation
Finished
Saturday 13:30-14:05 JST

Short-term Study Abroad programmes organised for Japanese university students are becoming increasingly common. However, the presenter’s experience of organizing and accompanying such programmes over the last twenty years suggests that there is a risk that short-term programmes may dilute the SA experience so that it is no longer recognisably educational. With shopping to be done, sights to be seen, photos to be taken, and social media to be updated constantly, there is little time to learn anything about the local cultural environment or the language(s) spoken.

The presenter will suggest that there is a real danger that these programmes will function simply as training in how to be a tourist. Students learn to be consumers of experiences, to glide over problems and learning opportunities, and to package and label experiences so they have none of the life-changing, perspective-twisting consequences educators associate with SA.

However, he will further suggest that training students to be (responsible, thoughtful) tourists is exactly what we should be doing. Tourism, domestic or foreign, is likely to be in their future: if we can equip them to reflect on and learn from their tourist experiences, we are fulfilling our role as international educators. Drawing on Kolb’s (1984) model of experiential learning, Bennett’s (2012) three paradigms of intercultural learning, and recent findings from neuroscience and cognition, he will propose practical, field-tested activities that both encourage reflection during Study Abroa, and set habits that will enrich any future touristic visits with the potential for cross-cultural learning.

Short-term Study Abroad programmes organised for Japanese university students are becoming increasingly common. However, the presenter’s experience of organizing and accompanying such programmes over the last twenty years suggests that there is a risk that short-term programmes may dilute the SA experience so that it is no longer recognisably educational. With shopping to be done, sights to be seen, photos to be taken, and social media to be updated constantly, there is little time to learn anything about the local cultural environment or the language(s) spoken.

The presenter will suggest that there is a real danger that these programmes will function ... more

Speaker: Stephen M. Ryan

Stephen M. Ryan teaches and runs short-term Study Abroad programmes at Sanyo Gakuen University, in Okayama.

14:15

Study abroad: Interest, preferences and awareness #199

Presentation
Finished
Saturday 14:15-15:05 JST

There has been an increased focus in Japan on the importance of studying abroad and the role such programs play in the internationalization of universities and the making of human resources able to play an active in a global community. The purpose of this study was to examine (a) student interest levels in studying abroad, (b) student perceptions and preferences relating to studying abroad, (c) student awareness of opportunities made available by universities, and (d) the influence of specific study abroad marketing materials. The study involved 64 (61% male and 39% female) first and second-year students from various majors studying in a compulsory English language program at a private university in southwest Japan. The English proficiency of the participants on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) ranged from elementary level A2 to upper-intermediate level B2. Participant online surveys included four items measuring student interest levels in studying abroad and open-ended questions relating to student preferences, perceptions, and awareness of study abroad programs. The findings from this study indicate that the majority of participants (61%) did want to study abroad; however, preferences, intent levels, and program awareness varied based on academic major and year. Participants (39%) that did not want to study abroad frequently noted the financial costs associated with studying abroad. Implications of these findings and related factors regarding studying abroad programs for university students and administrators will be discussed. Suggestions will be made concerning the promotion of study abroad programs in order to better raise awareness.

There has been an increased focus in Japan on the importance of studying abroad and the role such programs play in the internationalization of universities and the making of human resources able to play an active in a global community. The purpose of this study was to examine (a) student interest levels in studying abroad, (b) student perceptions and preferences relating to studying abroad, (c) student awareness of opportunities made available by universities, and (d) the influence of specific study abroad marketing materials. The study involved 64 (61% male and 39% female) first and second-year students from various majors studying ... more

Speaker: Andrew Thompson

Andrew THOMPSON is a university lecturer and English language teaching (ELT) professional based in Kyushu, Japan. He currently is a lecturer and researcher at Fukuoka Women’s University in Fukuoka. He has an ... more

15:45

Towards PanSIG2021 #185

Finished
Sunday 15:45-16:20 JST

A meeting to discuss next year's conference.

A meeting to discuss next year's conference.

Speaker: Gabriela Schmidt

Coordinator of JALT CEFR & LP SIG

Speaker: Bill Pellowe

Bill Pellowe is an Associate Professor at Kindai University's Fukuoka Campus, where he has taught since 2000. He is currently JALT's Director of Public Relations. He started ELT Calendar (eltcalendar.com) ... more

Speaker: Jean-Pierre Richard

JALT2020 Program Chair PanSIG 2022 Chair

Moderator: Mark Brierley

Extensive reader. Low energy builder. Active Passivist. Passive activist.

16:30

Closing Panel #202

Open Space
Finished
Sunday 16:30-17:00 JST

Some closing comments about PanSIG2020 and looking forward to the next time we get together.

Some closing comments about PanSIG2020 and looking forward to the next time we get together.

Speaker: Amanda Gillis Furutaka

Amanda Gillis-Furutaka is a professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Kyoto Sangyo University, where she has worked since 1992. Before coming to Japan, she taught English in France, ... more

Speaker: Gary Ross

Gary is a web developer, designer, and programmer, and the creator of Eventzil.la. He works as an Associate Professor at Kanazawa University where he develops the online learning program at ... more

Speaker: Dawn Lucovich

PanSIG Virtual Conference Committee Chair / The University of Nagano, Assistant Professor / Nagano JALT, President

Speaker: Louise Ohashi

Louise Ohashi is a CALL/MALL enthusiast who has taught English in a wide range of contexts in Japan and abroad. She is currently an Associate Professor at Meiji University and ... more

Speaker: Gabriela Schmidt

Coordinator of JALT CEFR & LP SIG

Speaker: Joseph Tomei

Joseph Tomei is a professor in the Faculty of British and American Studies at Kumamoto Gakuen University. He has taught EFL in France, Spain, and Japan at the primary, secondary, ... more

Host: Mark Brierley

Extensive reader. Low energy builder. Active Passivist. Passive activist.