Kyoto Institute of Technology:

Introducing English speaking tests into university entrance examinations in Japan

Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Nic Underhill, Makoto Hirano (MEXT), Kensaku Yoshida (Sophia University), Yuji Nakamura (Keio University)

This symposium will discuss the possibility of introducing English speaking tests into the university's entrance examinations and will try to identify the benefits of introducing speaking tests, factors impeding the introduction, and possible solutions.

About the speakers:

  • Nic Underhill (Consultant in International Education and Assessment, former Assistant Director at Cambridge ESOL)
  • Makoto Hirano (Head of Office for University Entrance Examinations, University Promotion Division, Higher Education Bureau of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Kensaku Yoshida (Professor and Director of the Center for Language Education and Research, Sophia University)
  • Yuji Nakamura (Professor, Keio University)

The symposium will be held in Japanese with Nic Underhill's English presentation being interpreted into Japanese. Please see the symposium web page for details.

Organization: Kyoto Institute of Technology

Cost: free

Venue: Kyoto Institute of Technology

Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


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