At PanSIG 2017, we will have a plenary panel of five speakers on stage talking together about changes in the foreign language learning environment in Japan based on their work with MEXT and their own experiences. This keynote planel will take place Saturday, May 20, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm in Kobelco Hall.
Annette Bradford is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Meiji University in Tokyo, teaching courses focused on enhancing students' international competencies. Previously, she held a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan and taught at universities in Japan, the United States and Indonesia. Her research on the internationalization of higher education, particularly English-medium instruction, student exchange, and education policy can be found in publications such as the Journal of Studies in International Education and International Higher Education. Her forthcoming co-edited volume English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges, and Outcomes (Multilingual Matters, 2017) brings together the perspectives of scholars from Japan, Europe and the U.S. Annette received her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the George Washington University.
Dr. Bern Mulvey's second book, Deep Snow Country, won the 2013 Field Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press. He has published extensively in English and Japanese, including work in Higher Education Policy, Japan Studies Review, Continuing Higher Education Review, Poetry, FIELD, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Missouri Review, Agni, Times Higher Education, JALT Journal and The Language Teacher. For over three years, he was Dean of Faculty at Miyazaki International College, at the time the youngest dean in Japan and one of just three non-Japanese to hold this rank at a Japanese university. He was also the first non-Japanese in the 120-year history of Iwate National University to be promoted to professor and to head a division. He is currently a professor at Iwate Prefectural University.
In addition to the Keynote Panel, Bern Mulvey is giving another presentation.
Tomoe Aoyama is Senior Development Manager Japan, Cambridge English Language Assessment. She joined the organisation in July 2012 and has subsequently been successful in raising the profile of Cambridge English exams (including Young Learners, Main Suite exams: KET/ PET/FCE/CAE/CPE and TKT) in Japan by contributing to policy making: she is a member of MEXT’s Liaison Committee (2014 to present) and in 2015, her work enabled Cambridge English to win a public tender for the production of sample questions for MEXT and the National Center for University Entrance Examination.
She has more than 5 years of experience in project management, obtained during her previous career at the British Council where she worked for 11 years in total. She studied English Linguistics at the University of Tsukuba and was awarded an MA in Interpreting and Translating from the University of Bath.
In addition to the Keynote Panel, Tomoe Aoyama is giving another presentation.
Naoyuki Naganuma, Ph.D., is a professor of the International Education Center at Tokai University. He got his doctor's degree in 2006 from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His research interests are mainly on language learning motivation and language testing, especially can-do oriented assessment to promote learning and motivation. He was a committee member of MEXT for setting learning attainment targets in the form of can-do lists in foreign language education.
In addition to the Keynote Panel, Naoyuki Naganuma is participating in a forum.
Dr. Naoko Ozeki is a professor at the School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University in Tokyo and a vice president of the JACET. She coordinated the English program at the School of Global Japanese Studies and the graduate program in English education where she supervises both masters and doctoral candidates. Her areas of interest are ELT, speaking production, learning strategies, learner autonomy, and CEFR. By giving lectures and workshops, she works actively to improve English education at the secondary and tertiary levels with the education board of various prefectures, MEXT (the Ministry of Education in Japan), and other organizations such as the British Council and Eiken. She has also contributed to the development of the current Course of Study for senior high school foreign language education.
Tara McIlroy (moderator)
Tara McIlroy is the coordinator of the Literature in Language Teaching (LiLT) SIG, one of JALT’s newest Special Interest Groups. From the UK she is currently teaching at Meiji University and her research interests are poetry reading, curriculum develop- ment and teacher training. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Birmingham, researching metaphor and its employment in ELT.
In addition to the Keynote Panel, Tara McIlroy is participating in a forum.