Internationalized Tertiary Education, followed by Bonenkai (Fukuoka JALT's annual end-of-year party)
Date: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Speaker: Chris Haswell (Kyushu University)
This presentation covers recent efforts by MEXT to internationalize Japanese education through the use of English. The current language education policies in Japan mandate over 10 years of English language education. Within this context, the number of international students in Japan is at its highest level ever and projected to continue rising, as universities and other institutions of higher education view foreign enrollment and investment as the answer to falling domestic intake. The policies of MEXT are by no means unique, and these actions are in fact somewhat behind those of their Asian neighbours, but they clearly indicate MEXT's intention to follow worldwide trends in education and sociolinguistic behavior.
Set against this backdrop of rapid internationalization of language education and enrollment policies is the globalization of the language being used to facilitate these goals - English has developed far beyond a language controlled by a handful of countries into a global lingua franca, affected by its contexts of use. Models used to describe the language have become outmoded, and an understanding of how the language is used and changed by its users is becoming increasingly important for all stake-holders in the language.
This presentation situates the internationalization of Japanese language education in the global context of English language use development. It is intended to provide both a grounded academic background to the current state of this process and a forum for the exchange of practical ideas to assist students, teachers, and others in the industry with the knowledge they need to make the most of their opportunities in this fast-developing sociolinguistic field
Chris Haskell has been living and researching in Japan for the last 15 years. He has presented research in Japan, Korea, The Philippines and Cambodia, and published work on the internationalization of language education in Asia and the modeling of English use globally. He is currently working at Kyushu University in Fukuoka.
Join us for our end-of-year celebration at a fantastic Mexican restaurant off of Nishidori called Plaza del Sol. The charge is 3800 yen (all-we-can drink and a set meal) from 19:30 (7:30 PM) to 21:30 (9:30 PM). RSVP to reserve your place
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Office Hummingbird, Room 602 in the Tenjin Nishimo building (in Tenjin on Showa Dori, between Oyafuku-dori and Futata; map)
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