Implementing a genre-based ESP curriculum at university

Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Shi Jie (English Department, UEC Tokyo)

As the need for ESP in tertiary English education rises globally in tertiary education, a new English pre-program called Technical English was developed at a Japanese university of science and technology in Tokyo. This first university-wide compulsory ESP program at national universities in Japan was put in action in the academic year of 2012. The basic concepts and design of the ESP curriculum of this program have been reported previously at the JALT conference. As a follow-up research on this new ESP program, this presentation focuses on the results of the end-of-year investigation on the implementation of the whole program which includes both Spring and Fall semesters of two different courses. A closer examination of the academic genres selected by the whole science faculty for the new curriculum, such as academic presentations using ppt and posters, oral reports of academic articles and original research, abstracts, research papers, will be conducted in this study. Students' feedback on the learning of the genres and teachers' perspectives on the effectiveness of the instructions of the main genres will also be reported.

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

Cost: free

Venue: The University of Electro-Communications, Chofu, Tokyo (East 1 Building, Room 705; No. 7 on the map of east campus)

Location: Chofu City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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