Saitama JALT:

Starting and Managing a Successful Study-Abroad Program

Date: Sunday, February 8th, 2009 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Speaker: Mehran and Yuriko Sabet

There is no question that participating in study abroad programs brings language proficiency gains as well as cultural awareness, increased motivation, and improved social interpersonal skills. Starting and managing a short-term study-abroad program is a time-consuming process that requires total commitment and cooperation on the part of all parties involved. However, when done properly, the positive results can be significant to the institution and students. This presentation looks at the step-by-step process of initiating and managing a study-abroad program as well as discussing measures that should be taken when administrators are faced with difficult, unfortunate, or unpredictable situations while students are overseas.

Mehran Sabet has been in Japan for more than 19 years, and presently works as an associate professor at Seigakuin University. Sabet holds a MBA degree. Sabet's current research has been focused on testing, syllabus design, and most recently on study abroad programs. Presently, Sabet is writing a paper on Japanese students studying in America (California).

Yuriko Sabet is Mehran's wife. She has been working at Seigakuin University for almost eight years. Currently, she is the acting manager of the International Center. Her duties include contacting travel agencies, insurance companies, and language schools (overseas) in order to organize and manage study abroad programs.

Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Saitama JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: 1000 yen for the afternoon
Non-members: free

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan, 5th Fl

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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