Key Factors for Designing EBP Courses

Date: Saturday, December 21st, 2013 Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Kazushige Tsuji and Setsu Tsuji

The presenters' research aims at systematically establishing a connection between university and industry to pragmatically develop courses in English for Business Purposes (EBP) and corresponding materials. In the interest of examining the present status of international communication at global businesses in Japan, the presenters have conducted two primary phases of data collection. First, on-line research was undertaken with 1,000 business people across Japan to analyze the need for English at Japanese companies operating globally. Next, questionnaires were distributed to 100 business people assigned to planning and organizing English education, to both obtain data regarding English courses given to their employees and examine corporate language policies. Respondents were also asked to list English courses considered important at university based on their perspectives in relation to skills and contents.

In this presentation, the results of data analysis to date will be explained, highlighting a gap between the English courses in place and English needs at these companies. The presenters will then outline a plan for their future research regarding the designing and implementation of practical EBP courses, which will aid in the shaping of tertiary education to better meet the needs of industry.

Organization: JACET English for Specific Purposes SIG (Japan Association of College English Teachers) Kanto (JACET ESP SIG Kanto)

Cost: 500

Venue: University, Takanawa Campus Room 4102

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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