We are very honored and excited to host Dr. Stefanie Pillai from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur as part of the Four Corners Tour. Dr. Pillai is traveling to Japan for the JALT international conference in Tsukuba as the Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar, and has graciously allotted time during the Sunday before the conference for a presentation for us and our members. The time is earlier than our usual scheduled meetings, so please take note of the 9 a.m. start time, but it also let's us have Dr. Pillai for lunch following the event. Please find the abstract for the presentation below.
Learning English Outside the Classroom
One problem that many tertiary institutions face in relation to English language education is that students’ use of English may be limited to their English language classes. The Language Unit of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya conducts compulsory English language proficiency classes to all undergraduates at the university. In order to create more opportunities for students to use English beyond the classroom, and to motivate students who are not very proficient in English, two signature programmes for English language have been initiated by the Language Unit. The first programme is ‘English is Awesome – Let’s Perform’, aimed at students who are at CEFR A1-A2 levels. The second is, ‘English is Awesome – Let’s Write’ for students at CEFR B1 level. The aim of these programmes is to provide guided out-of-classroom opportunities to use English. Both programmes have a competitive element with prizes for the best play and essay. In this presentation, I will explain how these programmes are carried out. I will also provide samples of the output of these programmes, and discuss the feedback on these programmes by participants and their mentors.
Following the presentation, we have a 12:30 reservation at Shabu Shabu Gyuu-ta located on the 5th floor of the Parco mall that is just across from the site of the presentation. We currently have a reservation for 16 people. We ask that anyone who wishes to join us for lunch should RSVP via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see many of you bright and early on Sunday, November 12th for what is sure to be a fantastic presentation!