The 2017 NEAR conference plenary session will be led by Professor Kensaku Yoshida from Sophia University. Come and enjoy an amazing presentation with a great group of people in a fantastic atmosphere!
The New Course of Study and University Entrance Exams
MEXT has revealed the new course of study. It contains major changes in the way foreign languages are expected to be taught in the future. The first and most important change comes in the form of Can-do criteria set as instructional objectives. The criteria are based on the CEFR and is graded from Pre-A1 level in elementary school to B1 level in senior high school. The can-do are performance-based criteria, and therefore, the assumption is that the teaching of foreign languages will be conducted using all four skills. However, the largest obstacle to this change is the entrance examinations, which basically test only one or two skills, disregarding the productive skills of speaking and writing. In order to solve this discrepancy, the present University Center Test will be replaced by a four-skills test from the year 2020. In this talk I will also talk about the basic educational goals of learning (Knowledge & Skills, Thinking, Decision-making & Expressing, Autonomous & Cooperative Learning) set for all subjects, as well as the teaching methodology based on Active Learning. These changes in primary and secondary education will have an impact on university education as well. Presently, all universities are required to state their Admission, Curriculum, and Diploma Policies. If universities are to survive in the future, the policies will most probably have to include a policy for how foreign languages will be taught. Foreign languages in secondary school will include content-based teaching--including CLIL. If so, then university foreign language education will necessarily have to include the teaching of subject matter in foreign languages. I will introduce the implementation of CLIL in Sophia's foreign language programs.
Distinguished Professor Kensaku Yoshida Professor Yoshida works at Sophia University & Director, Center of Language Education and Research. He is involved in and part of a number of committees including: Chair, MEXT Committee of Specialists on Revision of English Education Chair, MEXT Committee to Discuss Ways to Improve the Foreign Language Ability of the Japanese Foreign Language Sub-committee of the Central Education Committee a former Trustee of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) President of the Airline Pilots’ English Proficiency Assessment Committee (Ministry of Land and Transportation) President of J-Shine, Recipient of the Transportation Culture Award (Ministry of Land and Transportation) not to mention the many professional awards he has received throughout his career including , Recipient of the Best of JALT Award
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