The Japan Association of College English Teachers


Last updated: June 20th, 2018

The 57th JACET International Convention (Sendai, 2018)

Dates:     August 28th (Tue.) – 30th (Thurs.), 2018

Venue:    Tohoku Gakuin University, Tsuchitoi Campus

1-3-1 Tsuchitoi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8511, JAPAN

Theme:   Assuring Quality Learning Outcomes in Primary to Tertiary English Education for Globalization


 The educational landscape of Japanese higher education is changing to meet the demands of increasing globalization. In terms of English language education, there has been a surge of cross-border education programs (e.g. study aboard) and a demand for English for academic and specific purposes. The acceleration of globalization also has ramifications at other levels of the English educational scene in Japan as exemplified by new initiatives in foreign language education at the primary level. Such changes have had a great impact on the conditions of English learning and teaching. For example, clear learning outcomes specifying communicative competence are strongly advocated, leading to curriculum reforms that promote a ‘teaching English in English’ policy in the secondary school context and EMI (English medium instruction) at the tertiary level. However, these changes have also raised numerous issues, ranging from the need for coherent English curricula from the primary to the tertiary levels, assessment of language programs, pedagogy options to teacher training, and professional development.

 The theme of the 57th JACET International Convention (Sendai, 2018) in Tohoku will examine how quality learning outcomes in English education can be ‘assured’ at all levels. We will explore how classroom practitioners, curriculum and materials designers, program administrators, policy makers, researchers, and academics can pursue or engage in activities to ensure that quality learning outcomes are achieved in educational programs. In this regard, it will be important for participants to discuss both ways to define quality learning outcomes and ways to measure learning achievement. We will not be looking for a single comprehensive solution but rather wish to identify and delineate the challenges at stake in promoting the achievement of quality learning outcomes in language education in our knowledge-based, globalized society. Valuing and respecting diversity, we invite all interested educators from around the world to come and join the discussion.

Plenary Lecture:

1. Prof. Emeritus Dr. Nobuya Itagaki (Miyagi Univ. of Education)


Dr. Nobuya Itagaki is Professor Emeritus at Miyagi University of Education. His research interests include English education and psycholinguistics, especially vocabulary learning, grammar teaching and learning, and English teaching at primary school level in Japan.

2. Prof. Emerita Dr. Judy Tsutae Noguchi (Kobe Gakuin Univ.)


Dr. Judy Noguchi is Professor Emerita of Kobe Gakuin University, where she served as the first Dean of the Faculty of Global Communication. She served as Vice-President of JACET from 2015 to 2017 and as President of JACET Kansai Chapter from 2010 to 2015. She has been involved in ESP since the start of her career, teaching students in science, engineering, medicine and other disciplines. She has worked on the development of teaching methods and materials for ESP as well as the building of specialized corpora for science and engineering: PERC (Professional English Research Consortium), JECPRESE (The Japanese-English Corpus of Presentations in Science and Engineering), OnCAL (The Online Corpus of Academic Lectures). Her academic degrees are B.S./B.A. (Chemistry, University of Hawaii); M.Ed. (TESOL, Temple University); Ph.D. (Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham).

3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Judith Hanks (Univ. of Leeds, England)


Dr Judith Hanks started teaching in 1987 and has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator and lecturer in China, Italy, Singapore and the UK. She is now Associate Professor at the School of Education, University of Leeds. She has been working with colleagues from Brazil, China, Japan and UK to develop a framework of principles for practitioner research for language teachers and learners. This culminated in: The Developing Language Learner: an introduction to Exploratory Practice (Allwright & Hanks, 2009), and her most recent book: Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching: Puzzling about principles and practices (Hanks, 2017). Judith’s research interests lie in the areas of practitioner research, teacher education, professional development, and intercultural issues in language education.

Recent publications include:
Hanks, J. (2015a). Language teachers making sense of Exploratory Practice Language Teaching Research, 19(5), 612-633. doi: 10.1177/1362168814567805
Hanks, J. (2015b). ‘Education is not just teaching’: learner thoughts on Exploratory Practice. ELT Journal, 69(2), 117-128. doi: 10.1093/elt/ccu063 (Editor’s Choice)
Hanks, J. (2017a). Integrating research and pedagogy: an Exploratory Practice approach. System, 68, 38-49. doi:
Hanks, J. (2017b). Exploratory Practice in Language Teaching: Puzzling about principles and practices. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Special Invited Speech:

1. Prof. John Wells (Professor Emeritus, University College London)

Lecture title: Don’t be Afraid of Intonation!

2. Dr. Lee, Young Shik (Hannam University, President of KATE)

Lecture title: Implementing a Policy of Absolute Grading for CSAT English in Korea

Special Invited Speech:

1. Dr. Lee, Haemoon (Sungkyunkwan University, ALAK)

Lecture title: The Role of Cognitive Load of Task for Learner Attention and Incidental Vocabulary Learning: An Eye-tracking Study

2. Dr. Mok, Jeffrey (SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, RELC)

Lecture title: How Disrupted are Our Learning Outcomes Today? Making a Case for “new” Quality Learning Outcomes

3. Dr. Chartrand, Robert (Kurume U., JALT)

Lecture title: Using Artificial Intelligence to Interact with Technology for EFL Speaking Practice

4. Dr. Leung, Yiu-nam (National Ilan U., ETA-ROC)

Lecture title: Enhancing EFL Learners’ Language Proficiency through Essays

5. Dr. SUN Xiaohui (Beijing Normal U., CELEA)

Lecture title: A Case Study on the Change of Reading Teaching Belief and Practice in a Senior High School English teacher: From the expansive learning theory perspective

6. Prof. Niwat Wuttisrisiriporn(Burapha University, Thai-TESOL)

Lecture title: Promoting Outcome-Based Teaching andLearning in English Pronunciation Course:Students’ Learning Outcomes, Attitudes,Motivation, and Learning DevelopmentStrategies

7. Dr. Nair, Ramesh (University Teknologi MARA, MELTA)

Lecture title: Continuing Professional DevelopmentPrograms For Quality Outcomes In EnglishLanguage Classrooms

8. Dr. Shin, Dongkwang(Gwangju National University of Education, KATE)

Lecture title: A New Multiword Unit Analysis Tool: ColloGram


日 程:    2018年8月28日(火)・29日(水)・30日(木)

会 場:    東北学院大学 土樋キャンパス

〒980-8511 宮城県仙台市青葉区土樋一丁目3-1

テーマ:    グローバル化に向けた初等英語教育から高等英語教育までの学習成果の質保証





  1. 板垣信哉(宮城教育大学名誉教授)
  2. 野口ジュディー津多江(神戸学院大学名誉教授)
  3. Dr. Judith Hanks (Assoc. Prof., University of Leeds)
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