Keynote Speakers of ICLLA 2019

 

Michelle Kawamura is a full professor in the School of Economics at Ritsumeikan University in Shiga, Japan. Her interests range widely, from teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to studying how cross-cultural communication affects EFL classes to promoting the awareness of problems in today’s globalizing societies. Although she earned her Ph.D. in education, she also has professional experience in business and has completed many graduate courses in economics and accounting. She currently uses English as a medium of instruction to teach courses addressing socioeconomic issues and microeconomics.

Speech Title: Content Verses General English: Recognizing Appropriate Preparation to Short-Term Study Abroad Program

Abstract: Although study abroad (SA) is a common part of undergraduate programs at most major Japanese universities, methods of preparing students for SA experiences vary widely among teachers, faculties, and programs. In response, I investigated the perceptions of teachers in a Japanese university’s faculty of economics regarding the appropriate preparation of students to participate in SA programs. Following a phenomenological approach, I collected and analyzed data from teachers as well as students. Findings revealed that students who had taken bridge courses reported more confidence in and satisfaction with their SA experiences than ones who completed only general preparation courses in English. The results indicate the need to reconsider the kinds of courses that can best prepare students for SA.

T. Nakayama A. was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Nakayama earned a bachelor degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Obirin University in 1991, and MA in TESOL at Teachers’ College Columbia University in 2001 and Ph.D. at Hiroshima University in 2013. He is specialized in learning science. His current research interests are English as an International Language (EIL) and development of new learning methods to promote proficiency of EIL learners. He developed VA shadowing method to improve Japanese EIL learners’ listening skills and the book on its mechanism will be released this year. Now he and his colleagues are developing the new method called Instant Translation method to promote proficiency of Japanese EIL learners. He is currently an associate professor at Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo and teaches English and English teacher training courses.

Speech Title: Effectiveness of the Hholistic Approach in SLA: A Study on Sentence ProductionPimprovement

Abstract: This study investigates whether the holistic approach based on syntactic priming research findings in second language acquisition (SLA) facilitates learners’ sentence production in the target language by comparing the performance of students with two proficiency levels. The holistic approach applied in this study has two distinctive features: generating new sentences using models provided in a bridge language and interaction with peers and an instructor using the sentences generated by these models.

The concept of bridge language was expressly developed for this study. As the name suggests, a bridge language is a language between learners’ first language and their target language (in this case, Japanese and English, respectively), which was developed to facilitate sentence production in the target language based on the previous priming research findings. Twenty-eight female Japanese university students participated in a ninety-minute weekly training for fifteen weeks. The data collection consisted of six interview tests in total, including the final exam. Then, the participants were divided into a high and a low group according to the total number of sentences produced in all six interviews, and the results from the first five interview tests, excluding the final exam, were compared.

The analysis produced three findings: 1. the high group significantly improved in sentence production, compared to the low group (p<.01); 2. the improvement of the high group’s performance was observed in sequential interviews (p<.01); 3. however, the low group’s performance had no significant sequential changes from the first to the fourth interview. The results suggest the need to develop other means to facilitate lower-proficiency learners’ sentence production.

Keynote Speakers for ICLLA 2018

T. Nakayama A. was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Nakayama earned a bachelor degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Obirin University in 1991, and MA in TESOL at Teachers’ College Columbia University in 2001 and Ph.D. at Hiroshima University in 2013. He is specialized in learning science. His current research interests are English as an International Language (EIL) and development of new learning methods to promote proficiency of EIL learners. He developed VA shadowing method to improve Japanese EIL learners’ listening skills and the book on its mechanism will be released this year. Now he and his colleagues are developing the new method called Instant Translation method to promote proficiency of Japanese EIL learners. He is currently an associate professor at Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo and teaches English and English teacher training courses.


Jason Miin-Hwa Lim is an Associate Professor at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). He has published extensively in various research domains relating to Applied Linguistics, English for Academic Purposes and Language Education. His recent publications indexed in ISI Web of Science include research-based papers in English for Specific Purposes (Elsevier) in 2006, 2014 and 2017, Iberica: Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes (AELFE) in 2011 and 2014, Journal of English for Academic Purposes (Elsevier) in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016, System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (Elsevier) in 2007 and 2014, and Discourse Studies (Sage) in 2011 and 2013. He was invited to be a Keynote Speaker for the Second International Conference on Languages, Literature and Linguistics in 2012, the Second International Conference on Humanity, Culture and Society in 2013, the International Seminar on Language Teaching in 2014, and the 2015 International Conference on Culture, Languages and Literature. Currently Associate Professor Lim is (i) an Editorial Board Member of Journal of English for Academic Purposes (Elsevier) which is a quartile 1 journal in ISI Web of Science, (ii) an International Advisory Board Member of Journal of Modern Languages (University of Malaya), and (ii) a reviewer of eight ISI-indexed journals in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. He has successfully supervised PhD and Masters students from different countries in Applied Linguistics and English Language Studies. Apart from being an External Course Assessor, he has been an External Examiner of doctoral theses submitted to research universities. He was also a recipient of (i) the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award (for research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) in 2009 and 2010, and (ii) the RELC (Singapore) Research Fellowship Award in 2014 and 2015. Dr. Lim has conducted various workshops (for lecturers and postgraduate candidates) on academic writing and research writing in Asian countries.