The presenter will explain the background behind the push for more English language content courses at the university level in Japan. He will then outline some of the key concepts that guide him as he designs his English-medium courses in the EFL environment that is Japan. Experimentation and action research has led him to explore various ways of scaffolding content in his courses to make it as accessible as possible to students. The presenter will discuss some of his successes and failures in this quest. He will also explain the techniques and activities he uses in his courses to help bridge the gap between the content and the current English proficiency-levels of his students. The presenter hopes to engage in a lively discussion about the appropriate methodology to utilize when students are “learning in English” rather than learning “about English.”
Jack Ryan is an associate professor at Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. He teaches courses such as Survey of English Literature, Global Issues, English Composition as well as English communication courses. His research interests include content-based instruction, vocabulary acquisition and the future of English education in Japan.