Conference: IICEHawaii2019

Comparing a Skills-Focused English Test Against a Lexico-Fluency English Test for International Students in Higher Education

International students need to establish that they have sufficient language skills to commence their university degree in countries like Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc. Two formats of English test, the skills-focused IELTS and the lexico-fluency test C-test, will be introduced and their differences explained. The talk will then ask the question of which test is

Does English Work as the Universal Language? – Judging From the Current Trend of World Englishes

Japan has faced numbers of foreign national suspects, defendants and/or witnesses (criminals and civil cases) along with the globalization. Not only major-spoken language speakers such as English or Spanish but also minor-spoken language speaking suspects/defendants have increased in Japan. When the suspects, defendants and/or witnesses are those language speakers, it is quite difficult or impossible

The Effect of Gamification Elements on Engagement and Achievement in Calculus 1 and 2

Gamification is increasingly being used in educational contexts to attempt to increase both student engagement and achievement. In this study, gamification elements were added to pilot course offerings of post-secondary Calculus 1 and Calculus 2. The online courses were offered in the overarching form of a pirate quest to retrieve sunken treasure. Gamification elements included

A Study of Early Childhood Teachers’ STEM Pedagogical Strategies: Select, Adapt, Contextualize, and Integrate

Research indicates that early exposure and experience with STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning (McClure et. al., 2017). Research in child development shows that rich learning experiences during sensitive periods have a lasting positive impact on young children’s future academic success. For instance, early math knowledge not only predict later success,

Community, Peace and Sustainability: Leveraging Institutional Positionality to Affect Local and System Change

In October 2018 the IPCC published a predictable, but no less grim, report on where ‘we’ are situated vis a vis climate change and what is yet to unfold. Despite over a hundred years of scientific concern from scientists on the human effects of industrialization and globalization we now face out of control wildfires, drought,

New Literacy Practices: Imaginative Implications for 21st Century Literate Identities

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the intersection of new literacy practices and literate identities. The experiences of young adolescents were examined to better understand how these experiences and their perceptions impact the development of their literate identities in multiple contexts. As such, this study sought to explore the following research

Secondary School Parents Feel in Community with Their Children’s Schools When…

Parents are recognized as key educational stakeholders contributing to positive student outcomes. For decades educational researchers have been pursuing the question, how do you increase parent involvement in schools? With this question, educators and policymakers are curators of parent involvement, resulting in practices that tend to be school-centric (Lawson, 2003). Parents are commonly emphasized as

Food Apartheid and the Curriculum That Saves It

Health is wealth! Unfortunately, everyone does not have access to healthy food. We are facing a new apartheid, and this one deals with food access. The lack of access to healthy foods puts individuals at risk for more severe health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, and sleep apnea all

Study Abroad Program: Case Study for Career Program

In this paper, I will introduce the educational overseas career program designed and executed by the author and validate the effectiveness for students. The program aims to cultivate general capabilities(cognitive, theoretical, social and cultural skills as well as broad knowledge and experience) through students’own proactive quest with active learning. The program entails discovery learning, problem-solving

The Impact of Culture on the Usage of SNS for English-Language Learning in Japan

Like many technologically proficient and wealthy countries, the usage of social-networking sites (SNS) is becoming increasingly popular in Japan. This is especially true among young people who use these services not only for communication but also entertainment through the numerous features they provide like photo editing and adding character figures to video. While Japanese people

Tough Situation of Teachers in Information Technology in Japanese Junior and Senior High Schools

Japan played a major economic growth after the World War II, which could be realized with high industrial skill because of engineering education such as mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. However, in recent years, everyone agrees that the importance of information technology is rapidly increasing, while the industrial technology is also inevitable. Currently in Japan,

Research as Assessment for Learning vs Assessment of Learning at Higher Education

At higher education, students are terminally assessed through a research output that demonstrates their originality, creativity, innovativeness, and contribution to knowledge and problem solving in society. However, the assessment process, unlike the traditional pencil-and-paper and other performance assessments which are thoroughly proctored by the examiner, is one that is loosely structured. Depending on whether the

Chinese Immigrant and European American Parents’ Emotional Expressions in Childrearing Activities: Cultural Norms of Emotions

Both European Americans and Chinese immigrants value emotional expressions that are true to inner feelings, and adhere to social norms dictating appropriate expressions for different situations. However, the two groups differ in how they coordinate the values of being faithful to inner feelings and to social norms. The European American culture values an individual’s genuine

Mathematics and Racial Equity: Self-Selection and Appropriate Placement

This paper explores the relationship between appropriate class placement and racial equity under a self-selection program model at an urban middle school in the Midwest. We define self-selection as students’ ability to choose their level of courses regardless of test scores and other academic criteria. Within this school, students have the ability to specifically choose

The Impact of a Literacy Strategies Course Taught in a Public-School Setting on Teacher Candidates and Students with EBD

School-university partnerships have been among the most frequently recommended approaches to educational reform. From the university perspective, the goal of these partnerships is to bridge the disconnect between what teacher candidates are taught in on-campus courses and what they implement in P-12 settings with students. This study describes the impact of a literacy strategies course

Comparing Vocabulary Profiles of Asian L2 Written English in the ICNALE Corpus

This brief study examines the vocabulary profiles of Asian EFL students’ written English in the International Corpus Network of Asian Learners of English (ICNALE; Ishikawa). The ICNALE corpus is a collection of written and spoken texts from 2800 learners of English across 10 different Asian countries. The texts included in this corpus were composed under

The Effect of Instructor Intervention on Usage of Mobile Devices for Informal Language Learning

Autonomy and self-initiation are essential to informal language learning. However, previous research has shown that instructors can have an influence on students’ propensity to engage in both self-directed and incidental language learning. In order to uncover best practices in regards to the promotion of informal mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) in the Japanese university context, the

The Self-Management System Standard for a Prosper Lifestyle An Educational Module for Dependencies Interface Management: from the Teachings of Islam

Born orphan. Right after birth, his mother passed away. Nurtured by another mother of the same tongue (Arabic), and living at the countryside (a Bedouin), the prophet Mohammad PBUH (Peace Be upon Him), was consequently taken care of by his grandfather and uncle. Mohammad PBUH, gifted with the Quran for Humanity, and the messenger of

The Sharing Cycle of Science Learning: A Method to Connect College STEM Courses with Tribal Community Topics that Enhance Sovereignty

American Indian students are underrepresented in all science and engineering fields by almost 50%. At the same time, the fastest growing occupations for the past half century require knowledge of science and mathematics. To address the need for relevant science training, the “Framing the Chemistry Curriculum” project was created by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL),

Facilitating Tabuk City National High School Employees Gender and Development Seminar-Workshop Through Cooperative and Collaborative Learning Approaches

The study focused on cooperative and collaborative learning approaches as the strategy in facilitating employees’ Gender and Development (GAD) Seminar- Workshop. It assessed participants’ awareness level on selected GAD laws, mandates, and issues before and after the Seminar-Workshop. Correlation of the participants’ awareness level along variables of sex, age, and subject departmental affiliation was considered.