Business Communication (BizCom) SIG of JALT:

JALT Business English SIG Inaugural Mini-Conference

Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2010 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: To be decided

Description:
We are pleased to announce that the inaugural JALT Business English Special Interest Group one-day conference at Toyo Gakuen University, Hongo, Tokyo on June 5th 2010.

As the lingua franca of modern society, English has become the default language for world business and economics. In fact, increasing numbers of our students are being evaluated (hired) not by what they know about English, but by what they can do in English. This change in the expectations of our clients (industry) must be reflected in our curriculum and pedagogy.

Therefore, through this JALT SIG and inaugural mini-conference we would like to discuss and consider the following frameworks for Business English, the language of world commerce.

Contexts: departures, definitions and parameters
What are the varying contexts for business English in Japan?
What skills and content do you teach?
What are the goals of your curriculum?
What specific industries are you training for?

Consensus:
What complements Business English?

How do the following methodologies inform your Business English curriculum and approach:
English for Specific Purposes,
Content-Based Learning,
Inter/Cross-cultural Communication,
Communication Theory, and
Experiential Learning?

What practical content do you find most beneficial?
Here we are looking for practical, workshop style demonstrations and poster sessions on content and methods that you have found useful in the classroom.

Collaboration: Community, Contacts and Competition
How can we collaborate as teachers, researchers, and practitioners?
What types of research collaboration is available and what direction should it take?
How can collaboration with industry inform our teaching, our curriculum, and our texts?
How has electronic media changed the way business is mediated and communicated?

As a forming special interest group of JALT (The Japan Association for Language Teaching), you have the opportunity to be a founding member thus helping organize and define the focus of this new group. We are looking forward to a day of formal presentations but also expect a high degree of delegate participation. We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting and voting on the executive committee positions.

Further details including titles, abstract and presenter names will follow shortly.

Organization: The Business English Special Interest Group of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Business Communication (BizCom) SIG of JALT)

Cost: free

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University, Phoenix Hall, Building One, Hongo campus, Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan

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Contact Business Communication (BizCom) SIG of JALT

Website: jalt.org/bizcom/index.html

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