Conference: ACE2018

Valuing Students Involvement in the Teaching Process: Pedagogical Implications of Self-Reflection in the EFL Classroom

Self-reflection can be recognized as a process that gives students the opportunity to stop and be reflective about the learning that has taken place(Davies, Herbst, & Busick,2013). This presentation provides an analysis of Japanese EFL college students’ reflective diaries, as they were collected in a speaking and listening course. The study explores the involvement of

Teacher Professional Development Through Distance Education: The Ghanaian Experience

In spite of the global interests in teacher continuing professional development (CPD), Ghana is yet to institutionalise the implementation of well-designed CPD policies to guide teachers’ practice. At present, professional development opportunities entail teachers’ participation in hardly organised in-service training and workshops activities. Consequently, continuing education through the distance education has emerged to be the

Internationalization at Home – Enhancing Students’ Intercultural Competence in “Intercultural Co-Learning Class”

Japanese universities face an increasing demand – from students as well as industries – for quality education that is directly connected to the improvement of students’ employability. One of the important components of employability is intercultural competence. As the world becomes more globalized and diversified, our students need to be not only internationally minded but

Challenges and Opportunities to the Use of Google Docs Sharing for Realtime Writing Task Feedback: Inclusive ESL Classroom at JMS

The integration of technology in language learning is not something new in the formal education context. This study explores the challenges and opportunities in real teaching and learning experiences toward the use of Google Docs Sharing for real-time feedback in writing task applied in inclusive lower secondary level (Year 6 to Year 8) context. Through

The Development of a Novel Using Storytelling Technique as a Learning Tool in Promoting Student Engagement and Satisfaction

The purposes were to 1) develop a novel using storytelling technique as a learning tool 2) examine student engagement and satisfaction. The purposive sample group was 24 students. The research instruments were 1) a developed novel 2) a questionnaire collecting expert opinions towards appropriateness 3) an observation checklist towards student engagement 4) a questionnaire towards

E-Learning Strategies in English Language Learning in Pre-Service Teacher Education: A Comparison Study in Hong Kong and Mainland China

The knowledge and pedagogies of e-learning in English language learning in teacher education courses would be developed and transformed by student teachers via pre-service learning experiences. The strategies of e-learning in English language learning of student teachers in the teaching education courses and their own teaching practices lead to a widespread discussion in Hong Kong

Zoo Kids Zone in Chiang Mai Zoo: Best Practice Activities Under the Concept of Edutainment

In the term of edutainment which is currently defined as the helper for social and health problems, this paper is intended to empirically apply the conceptual framework of edutainment to evaluate the behavior of young tourists who attended to the Zoo Kid Zone in Chiang Mai zoo, Thailand. Additionally, the empirical practice done in this

A Study of Praise, Motivation, and Self-Esteem of Low-Achieving Students in Mentoring Groups

The study attempts to examine the effects of evidence-based praise strategies on the learning motivation and self-esteem in low-achieving students in mentoring groups and study the processes that influence the corresponding changes. Participants in the study were students from two secondary schools in Hong Kong. Thirty-two students participated in one of the four weekly mentoring

The Academic Culture Shock Experiences of Turkish International Students in Japan: A Qualitative Study

Universities in Japan host a substantial number of international students including Turkish students. The number of Turkish students in Japan estimated is 160. The Turkish culture is a combination of the Western and the Eastern cultural elements, and the synthesis of both collectivistic and individualistic cultures whereas Japan is considered a collectivistic country. Although there

The Role of Non-Formal Education in Developing Rural Youth Empowerment

High unemployment levels remain a real concern for developing countries like Indonesia, where employment growth is much slower than population growth, with youth experiencing the highest unemployment rate and difficulties finding a place in the national workforce. This is often compounded by poverty which is an entrenched social and economic challenge. To support poverty reduction

Effects of 3D Printing Interactive Technology on Special Education for Children with Different Disabilities

Using assistive technology as a tool in special education is an important intervention for children with special need in recent studies. This study proposes to develop an interactive tool that functions as a low-cost, learning interface for children with different disabilities. Two children from a resource class in the elementary school participated in this research.

The Performance of Factor and Multiple Problem-Solving for the Fifth Grade with Mathematic Underachievers

The research method adopted ‘survey study’ in quantitative research. The purpose was to explore the performance of factor and multiple problem-solving in the fifth-grade underachievers, including the performance of a test, the patterns of error and the causes of error. The participants came from a public elementary school in Tainan city, a total of 53

A Study at the Constitution of Students’ Family Backgrounds of an Elite University in the Perspective of Cultural Capital

According to P. Bourdieu, educational outcomes are not mainly determined by mental abilities but habitus that develops within the social space in which parents convert their economic capital into cultural capital. Therefore, middle/ upper-class students situate a privileged position and working-class students are in an unprivileged status and such a difference, in turn, constitutes educational

Teacher Agency in Mother Tongue: From Social Practice to Legislation

Drawing on the lived experience of teachers in implementing the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), this research offered a social analysis on the practice of mother tongue, employing Practice Theory as a frame of analysis. This framework suggests that the shift of language policy in the Philippine Basic Education, from monolingual to bilingual, to multilingual

An Exploration of the Experiences of Students in Multi-Generational ESL Classrooms in Japan

This qualitative study is a basic interpretative inquiry studying the experiences of adult students 18 years of age and older in a multi-generational ESL classroom. The study is informed by social constructivism, social constructionism, and andragogy. It focused on how students viewed their experiences in the multi-generational classroom and how the development of relationships among

Learner Autonomy and Hand Raising in the Japanese University EFL Classroom

Foreign faculty teaching EFL in Japan often encounter a disconnect between their expectations of classroom participation and those of Japanese students. This begs the questions, ‘How do Japanese university students view hand raising in the classroom?’ and ‘What inhibits or encourages Japanese students to hand raise in the classroom?’ As a reflective practice project, we

Challenges Associated with the Implementation of Active Learning: A Small-Scale Study of Japanese University EFL Teachers

Active learning (AL) – recently described as ‘independent, dialogical, and deep learning’ – has been widely adopted by Japanese universities. Now, despite reservations and anxieties expressed by high school EFL teachers (Nakai, 2016), the upcoming educational reform will also require the implementation of AL in all Japanese high schools. This small-scale study, therefore, aims to

Assessment of ESP Textbooks

Implementing English for Specific Purposes (ESP) has become a popular practice in Japanese universities. One difficulty in designing and implementing ESP programs is identifying appropriate ESP textbooks. Faced with this difficulty, our university created four original ESP textbooks. The current study examines the efficacy of two English textbooks which targets second-year Physical Therapy (PT) and

Developing and Creating Multimedia for Learning Values of Thai Literature

This qualitative research aimed to create effective multimedia for learning values of Thai literature and producing it as an innovative media. Processes of developing the required media resulted from discussions of five scholars analyzing and sorting out effective ways of making the multimedia. Findings of the research were concluded as these: 1) contents of the

The Case Study of the Thailand Pomelo-Based Learning Model to Improve Student’s Learning Experience

This research aimed to study the effect of Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach to student’s learning experience by developing the Thailand Pomelo-Based Learning Model. The methodology used in this project is participatory communication. Participants in the research process selected by using the purposive sampling technique consisted of three main sample groups: academic team and the student