The Japan Association of College English Teachers


JACET 56th International Convention (2017, Tokyo)

Dates:  August 29th (Tue.) – 31st (Thu.), 2017

Venue:  Aoyama Gakuin University
4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, 150-8366, JAPAN


English in a Globalized World: Exploring Lingua Franca Research and Pedagogy


 As we head toward the first quarter of the 21st century, the importance of communication at a global level is becoming increasingly evident. In practice, there is a great need for a lingua franca. Over the past two decades, there have been remarkable growth and development in ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) theory, research and practice. ELF has always been a means of communication in multilingual settings where English is regarded as a lingua franca among interlocutors from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As the extent and diversity of English use continue to rapidly grow, we need to reconsider ELF by situating it clearly against the backdrop of a globalized world with considerations for issues in applied linguistics and language teaching.
 Many issues need to be addressed. In terms of pedagogical and assessment practices, what are the ramifications for language learning in Asia? How can we nurture learners to think of themselves as capable language users? What kinds of assessment and evaluation can be used? How do teacher training and development programs fit into a paradigm of English for a globalized world? More coherence is needed among theory, pedagogy and practice as well as more links among policy makers, schools, teachers and learners. JACET 56th International Convention (2017, Tokyo) seeks to explore such issues and challenges at stake in language education for the 21st century.


  21世紀の最初の四半世紀に際し、地球規模でのコミュニケーションの重要性は一層明確なものとなっている。実際、世界共通語の必要性は増大し、ELF(English as a Lingua Franca: 世界共通語としての英語)の理論、研究と実践は、過去20年に渡り目覚しい成長と発展を遂げている。英語がさまざまな言語的および文化的背景をもつ対話者間の世界共通語と見なされるような多言語環境において、ELFが常にコミュニケーションの手段となってきた。英語使用の範囲や多様性が急速に拡大していることから、グローバル化が進む世界を背景としてELFの概念を応用言語学や言語教育分野の問題として再検討することが必要である。

Keynote Speakers:

1. Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Seidlhofer (University of Vienna)

2. Dr. Phyllis Ghim Lian Chew (National Institute of Education, Singapore)

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