This paper summarizes the symposium contributions as they were presented at the Asian Conference on Language Learning held in Kobe:
(1) Lori Zenuk-Nishide, MUN and Opportunities in Japan; For 15 years, the author has used MUN an EMI curriculum with Japanese students and continued this as Conference Organizer for NMUN Japan in 2016. MUN and related opportunities in Japan will be provided along with research into the positive effects of participation on learner self-efficacy.
(2) Sonoko Saito, Global Jinzai and the Value of Participating in MUN for Japanese Universities; This paper explains the benefits and challenges of MUN in the context of “Global Jinzai Education” for Japanese universities. Many skills developed in MUN match the factors suggested by “Council on Promotion of Human Resource for Globalization Development” to belong to “Global Jinzai,” or the workforce with a global mind.
(3) Neil McClelland, Preparing Delegates for NMUN 2016 – A First-time Experience; The author describes his experiences supporting student-delegates through the various stages of preparing for the NMUN Conference in November 2016. By highlighting web-based resources that proved useful, the paper covers the process of researching and writing an effective Position Paper in advance of the Conference.
(4) Donna Tatsuki, Flipped Classroom, CLIL and Model UN Simulations; The author offers a case study on how a cohort of 28 students (Japanese and non-Japanese L1s) from a consortium of Japan-based universities were prepared for the National Model United Nations during five intensive workshops held over a four-month period in a flipped classroom CLIL framework.
Lori Zenuk-Nishide, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Sonoko Saito, University of Kitakyushu, Japan
Neil McClelland, University of Kitakyushu, Japan
Donna Tatsuki, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Stream: Learner and teacher autonomy
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