1st Special Session of the Research Station on Innovative and Global Tertiary English Education, UEC Tokyo

Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015 Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Speaker: Neil Matheson School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics University of Auckland, New Zealand

How are students expected to write at the tertiary level? Should language support be provided in generic language support courses or as part of each subject? According to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) research, academic writing varies widely and is discipline specific, which suggests language support should be offered within each discipline, rather than in more generic English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. In fact, a number of research-informed approaches can be employed to help students cope with the demands of academic and vocation-specific language. This presentation describes three such approaches: university entry-level language diagnostic assessment and follow-up support systems, generic academic writing courses, and ESP for vocational purposes. The first two approaches are illustrated using examples from the University of Auckland. The third approach is illustrated using a dietician higher education course in Japan.

Organization: University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo Research Station on Innovative and Global Tertiary English Education (UEC)

Cost: free (no reservations necessary)

Venue: University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo (Chofu city) Building East 1 Room 705

Location: Chofu City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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