ACM Chapter on E-learning and Technical Communication:

Symposium on Language Learning beyond the EFL Classroom

Date: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 Time: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Margaret Franken, University of Waikato, New Zealand; Yukie Koyama, Nagoya Institute of Technology; Stephen Hesse, Chuo University; Gordon Bateson, Kanazawa Gakuin University

Description:
The theme of this symposium is Language Learning beyond the EFL Classroom; it is sponsored by ACM Chapter on E-learning and Technical Communication and The University of Aizu.

The essential characteristic of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching and learning, as compared with English as a Second Language (ESL), is that the context beyond the EFL classroom seems to present very few opportunities for students to engage with authentic target language. Furthermore, educational culture and other related learning conditions, such as class size, teacher-student relationship, assessment practices, linguistic homogeneity and other factors, may dissuade even motivated students from making frequent and active use of English. Active learning of English, like computer science, requires frequent opportunities for practice.

Our symposium has been designed and organized to begin a conversation at the University of Aizu on developing a learning environment that takes into account intercultural competence, new assessment techniques, authentic conversation, and other considerations that are intended to propel English language learning outside of the classroom and into the wider university and community environment. Our speakers will consider learning opportunities—such as study abroad and internships, cultural competence, globalization, assessment, and technological support in elaborating our theme of Language Learning beyond the EFL Classroom. Please see the event website for full details.

Organization: ACM Chapter on E-learning and Technical Communication

Cost: no charge; 1000 yen covers lunch and fees

Venue: UBIC 3D Theatre, University of Aizu, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture

Location: Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

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