Event Report, Niigata Chapter April 2017

April 10, 2017 by Niigata Chapter

Niigata Chapter

Speaker: 
Howard Brown
Event Date: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Date: 8 April 2017

Topic: Current Trends & Future Developments on Language Education

Presenter Contact Information: brown@unii.ac.jp, The University of Niigata Prefecture

Brief Biographical Information:
Has been working at The University of Niigata Prefecture from 2009 until the present. A prolific publisher involved in CLIL and has a published book forthcoming.

Remarks and Lecture Content:

The scholastic environment in changing according to Mr. Brown. His research involves what will be coming into the classroom in 5 - 10 years and beyond.

Opening Getting to Know You Activity
- Survey with different answers (see attached)

Core of the activity is what changes will take place in the future, in 5 - 10 or more years into the future, and will the changes have a direct or indirect effect on classroom teaching.

Brainstorming occurred in 2 groups with 4 members.

Howard Brown made note that period of study abroad being evaluated was getting shorter and shorter compared to the more lengthy (1 academic year) periods previously enjoyed by students studying abroad.

The amount of students going to the US and UK is falling; however, student short trips are on the increase to other countries as well as scholarships becoming more available.

The ‘when’ of students studying abroad is changing:
- Number of high school students is on the rise while the number of 1st and 2nd year college students is decreasing
- Number of students who have been abroad is higher than ever before
- Students to Malta and the Philippines for English study is on the rise
- Not always English, Chinese study is becoming more and more popular

The number of International students is on the rise
Also increasing is the number of special needs students
There is a pronounced turn toward recruiting more internationals students as a larger pool of students as a percentage of the overall student population

Uncovering problems in traditionally taught courses in Japanese high schools and universities
- Largely input driven
- Students lack ability to synthesize information
- Lack of critical thinking skills

Key Demographic Changes
- Japanese population on decline
- Sweeping effect on education

What is the Future of on-line education
- Rise of Skype run English classes
- http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/material/ English learning services

Points regarding Teaching English in English (TEE)
- Students are coming to university with more English interest
- More skills
- More confidence

Other consequences of educational trends:
- Absorption of under-enrolled schools’ student populations into remaining institutions
- Overall lowering of overall student competency level due to lower-tiered schools disappearing and their students being absorbed my higher-tiered schools/institutions

Impact of ADHD, ADD, and other special needs students
- Instructors lack information and skill needed for most special needs students
- Teachers need training!

Technological Implications
- Most instructors untrained for competent technology use
- Many previously text based sources have gone on-line
- More tech in being used in class
- More fear of plagiarism due to lack of skill in using on-line databases for citation
- Conclusion?
- Get trained!

Reporter: 
Matthew Diaz

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