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The Seventh Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland University Japan

Presentation Summary


The perception of education abroad from students with cerebral palsy: A call for qualitative study
1A  •  9:50-11:15  •  New Strategies
The goals of this paper were (1) to assess the current research done on education abroad and the internationalization efforts of higher education in relation to students with the physical disability cerebral palsy, and (2) highlight the need for a qualitative study that explores the perception of education abroad opportunities through the eyes of these students and introduce the initial framework to implement such study. It was found that thus far, there has been minimal research done on education abroad from the perspective of students with cerebral palsy. Additionally, this paper laid the groundwork to begin a qualitative study using content analysis on responses to a structured interview questionnaire. An initial analysis to one respondent was conducted to help highlight the need for this type of study and draws attention to the varying struggles and complex view students with cerebral palsy have toward education abroad opportunities.
Michael G. Watts
Doctoral student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Watts is a doctoral student in global studies in education through the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is currently teaching English language classes at a university in Kanagawa, Japan.

Rethinking Textbooks
1A  •  9:50-11:15  •  New Strategies
With the advent of numerous digital publishing tools, textbooks now can be created to be adaptable to various teaching situations. In the traditional form, paper based books are now easy to access, distribute, and use in schools with limited resources. For online learning, books can also be free and interactive using simple slide tools and cloud hosting like Google Drive and OneDrive. This presentation will show the future of textbooks will become grassroots and less dependent of major publishers.
Todd Beuckens
Todd Beuckens, APU Ritsumeikan
Todd Beuckens is an English teacher based in Japan. He has taught ESL in Asia for over 25 years. He is the creator of, one of the oldest and heavily visited ESL sites in the world. ELLLO, which stands for English Listening Lesson Library Online, is a collection of over 2,500 free audio and video lessons featuring speakers from over 100 countries around the world. He has a M.A in Instructional Design from San Diego State University.

Effective strategies used in higher learning to ensure maximum engagement for all students: Debate Tweets, Speed Dating, Movie Night, and Mini-Conference.
1A  •  9:50-11:15  •  New Strategies
Explore effective strategies such as debate tweets, speed dating, movie night, and mini-conference used in higher education courses for future teachers of language learners (TLLs) and their effectiveness in teaching language-supported content lessons. Grounded in Shulman’s (2013) Knowledge Growth in Teaching framework and informed by Lucas and Villegas’ (2013) Linguistically Responsive Teacher Education model, research on strategy effectiveness as well as how they can be adapted to online/hybrid teaching will be shared.
Dr Karen A.L. Guerrero and Dr Margarita Jimenez-Silva
Arizona State University, University of California Davis
Karen Guerrero is an educator with 20 years of K-12 classroom experience, 16 years of teaching future educators at local colleges, and 20 years of conducting teacher professional development. She has worked with a variety of students from inner-city children to urban adults. Her research focus in teaching STEM content to diverse learners. She is a National Geographic explorer with research on STEMSS teaching and learning and continually looks for opportunities to collaborate globally. Dr. Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an Associate Professor and Chair of Teacher Education at the University of California Davis’s School of Education. She is a former elementary and middle school math and science teacher serving students from culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds. Her research focuses on recruiting, preparing and supporting teachers, curriculum development with language supports, and culturally sustaining pedagogies.

On the Methodological Imperatives of Qualitative Research at Japanese Universities: Challenges of qualitative research from within institutions
1B  •  9:50-11:15  •  The Japanese University (AM)
This research aims to expand the scope of qualitative research opportunities for research conducted on Japanese higher education institutions that are attempting to internationalize. There exist unique challenges posed by research done from within higher education institutions when the researcher is often within these very institutions themselves. By presenting an overview of challenges and comparisons to other research, this research hopes to work toward a practical methodology for considerations of research conducted from within HEI in Japan.
Brian Berry
Brian Berry; Chiba University of Commerce
Brian Berry is a full-time lecturer at Chiba University of Commerce. He leads the Faculty of Global Studies English Language Program, as he works to finish his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo ITASIA program. His research specialty is international education, specifically on ETPs at Japanese universities and how students navigate the challenges they face in Japan during their journey.

The internationalization of Japanese higher education through language teaching
1B  •  9:50-11:15  •  The Japanese University (AM)
This presentation refers to the current situation of the internationalization of Japanese higher education. It focuses on the discussion of the policies--either governmental or local-- and how language education is or has been regulated. The main analytical tool is the argument-based approach to evaluation, which can assist educators when assessing the appropriacy of policies or any decisions.
Francisco Naranjo

Lalekand University

Students initiatives to address uncertain futures: A case study of a private university of Japan
1B  •  9:50-11:15  •  The Japanese University (AM)
The uncertain future is calling for the action of intellectuals in higher education institutions worldwide (University Global Compact, n.d.).This explanatory case study examined how college-aged students recognize global issues such as environmental issues and take the initiative towards creating solutions. Students attending a private university in Japan, members of three different clubs, were interviewed. The data collected were analyzed based on five variables: Motivation; University support; Obstacles; Achievements, and Student leadership. Keywords: college-aged students, students initiatives, higher education institutions, environment, democracy University Global Compact - United Nations Partnerships for SDGs platform. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Igeta Yantoda, Yoshiki Nemoto, Takumi Sampei, Yusuke Sato

Helping Students Face the Uncertainties of Study Abroad
1C  •  9:50-11:15  •  Home and Abroad
University short-term study abroad participants are often first-time passport holders with limited productive language skills. When the study tour begins, they can feel underprepared and overwhelmed to a point that they become apathetic towards interacting in the target language. In this presentation, the speakers will introduce, ‘the scrapbook’, and discuss the effectiveness of this simple student-made resource book in gaining the interest of students in pre-departure lessons and engaging them in productive, pro-active preparation.
Richard Lee, Dustin Kidd
Richard Lee, Associate Professor, Kurume Institute of Technology, Kurume City, Fukuoka.; Dustin Kidd, Associate Professor, University of Shimane Junior College, Matsue City, Shimane.
Richard Lee is an associate professor at Kurume Institute of Technology located in Kurume City, Fukuoka, Japan. His primary research interests are related to improving L2 spoken production in the EFL classroom, and study abroad. Mr. Lee has organized short-term study abroad programs to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and the U.S. Dustin Kidd is an associate professor at The University of Shimane Junior College located in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. He specializes in intercultural understanding, and also teaches courses connected with English and tourism. He has a Master’s Degree in English Education from Shimane University.

Internationalisation-at-Home in Japan: Fostering Interculturally Competent Domestic Students?
1C  •  9:50-11:15  •  Home and Abroad
This session will present cases of two Top Global universities’ efforts to foster interculturally competent domestic students through contact with international students on campus. It will discuss results from a longitudinal survey of 164 Japanese students engaged in curricular and extracurricular programmes with an intercultural focus. Results will shed light on the factors promoting/hindering the development of globally competent graduates, generating a discussion on how internationalisation-at-home strategies can be implemented more effectively.
Dr. Ana Sofia Hofmeyr
Lecturer, Kansai University
Ana Sofia Hofmeyr, PhD, is a Lecturer at Kansai University. Her academic background is on culture and identity studies and transformative education. Her research and professional interests focus on the internationalisation of higher education institutions and the development of intercultural competence through internationalisation-at-home strategies.

Learning and Career Outcomes of International Programs
1C  •  9:50-11:15  •  Home and Abroad
As universities around the world internationalize, we see a growing number of internationally-oriented programs: from the traditional semester abroad and faculty-led study tours, to the more innovative global service learning projects, and to programs taught entirely in foreign languages. In this presentation, presenters analyze student outcome data of international programs around the world, including Japan, examining the skills and competencies students gain from international programs and bringing attention to the job placements of program graduates.
Dr. Annette Bradford Dr. Howard Brown Dr. Shingo Hanada
Annette Bradford, Temple University Japan Howard Brown, The University of Niigata Prefecture Shingo Hanada, Toyo University
Annette Bradford’s research examines the internationalization of higher education, particularly English-medium instruction (EMI) and the issues facing Japanese universities. In her capacity as Oxford EMI Associate and Adjunct Fellow at Temple University Japan, she facilitates faculty training for EMI, and scholarly exchange and networking between individuals from academia, business and government. She coordinates the East Asia chapter of the ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education) Association. Howard Brown is a professor at the University of Niigata Prefecture, where he coordinates EMI programs. He has been researching EMI implementation in Japan for 10 years. He is the co-editor with Annette Bradford of the volume English-medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, Challenges and Outcomes from Multilingual Matters. Shingo Hanada is an associate professor of the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies at Toyo University. His research interests lie in the area of empirical studies on the impact of international education programs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the evaluation committee of Japanese studies programs by Japan Foundation and worked for the evaluation committee of study abroad support programs by Japan Student Service Organization.

Skepticism in the Post-Truth Era
2A  •  11:30-12:55  •  Student Autonomy
By providing examples from a second-year writing course, this presentation will demonstrate how to incorporate basic research skills into general ESL classes for intermediate to advanced learners. The presentation will include some example lessons as well as warm-ups to provide context/framework before going over how to motivate students to become more skeptical and develop the skills to challenge common myths and assumptions.
Alec Rosenblit
Kanda Gaigo Gakuin
Alec Rosenblit teaches writing, debate, and history. When he isn't working, he enjoys cooking and exploring the Kanto region on his bicycle.

Perceptions of the Effect of an EAP Course on English Self efficacy and English Proficiency: Voices of International Students in China
2A  •  11:30-12:55  •  Student Autonomy
The English language has become a means for communication and studies for international students globally. In the age of globalization, a lot of international students are studying English-taught programs in China. The mixed-method study investigated the effect of an EAP course on the English self-efficacy and English proficiency of international students in China from non-native English speaking countries. The study evaluates the effect of the intervention, challenges faced by students, and offer suggestions for the future.
Michael Agyemang Adarkwah
Michael Agyemang Adarkwah, Southwest University
Michael Agyemang Adarkwah is a doctoral researcher at Southwest University, China. His research interests include linguistics, digitization, leadership and management in education, and healthcare in nursing. He holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and is a registered nurse (RGN) in Ghana.

Internationalization between East and West: analyzing major trends in Japan and Wales
2B  •  11:30-12:55  •  Gaigai: Beyond Japan
This presentation discusses internationalization trends in Japan and Wales based on case studies conducted between April 2018 and March 2020. Highly dependent on international student fees, Welsh universities confronted a range of challenges when it came to promoting internationalization. These included restrictive immigration policies, decreasing state funding, Brexit, and a looming global pandemic. Conversely, with the bulk of their revenue coming from Japanese students, most universities in Japan saw little incentives to pursue internationalization.
Theo Šlogar
Ryukoku University
Theo Šlogar is a Ph.D student at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ryukoku University (Kyoto). With a background in the Sociology of Education and Japanese Studies, his research interests include global education, internationalization of higher education, and multiculturalism in the context of Japan.

Effective Cross Cultural Leadership Practice
2B  •  11:30-12:55  •  Gaigai: Beyond Japan
This study examined the complexity of leadership in a global context by exploring the ways in which various cultures’ values and moral foundations affect how leadership is viewed and effectively practiced. The study focused on three groups of predictive variables of global leadership: characteristics of personality, attitude, and self; behavioral skills related to relationship building and cross-cultural connectivity; and cognitive and organizational acumen by region to identify any significant relationships between the variables.
Dr. Richard Savior
Associate Professor, State University of New York
As an Associate Professor of Business at the State University of New York, Dr. Savior provides support to undergraduate business students in organizational theory and strategic management. An active international educator, he has taught in eight countries, served as a Stevens Initiative Fellow at the American University of Technology in Beirut, Lebanon and as a Fulbright Scholar at Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman, Jordan.

Recruitment Strategy and Mobility of International Students: A Chinese Case Study
2B  •  11:30-12:55  •  Gaigai: Beyond Japan
Institutions are at the core of higher education internationalisation and therefore continue to devise strategies to recruit international students. Using globalisation as a theoretical lens, this study explores strategies used in international student recruitment in a university in South China. Although the study finds that recruitment strategies in China are largely influenced by globalisation and state policies, nonetheless institutions are increasingly employing similar strategies at varying emphasis to drive international student recruitment and mobility.
Oluwasegun Adesola Oladipo
Peking University
Oluwasegun Oladipo is currently pursuing his doctoral study in Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University, China. His research interests are in the area of higher education internationalisation with particular focus on cross-border higher education, (supra) national higher education governance, marketisation, and international student experiences.

Global Competence: Definitions and Resources for the Classroom
A  •  2:10-3:20  •  Workshops
This presentation is focused on the concept of global competence. There is growing research within Japan, and outside, pointing towards educational models that consider the forces of globalization, mitigating internationalization efforts, and what global competence means in this paradigm. Definitions, research, and models will be discussed as well as various resources from organizations that have either implemented or advocated for global competence pedagogical approaches.
Wayne Malcolm, Ed.D.
Wayne Malcolm, Fukui University of Technology
Wayne Malcolm is from the United States, but has been living and working in Japan since September 2002. With a varied background he is now teaching English at Fukui University of Technology. His research interests include global competence, project-based learning, and study abroad. He is an active member of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).

Fostering a Global Mindset for an Uncertain Future
B  •  2:10-3:20  •  Workshops
Global learning contributes to the process of globalization in higher education. Explore strategies of praxis and reflection for engaging students around issues that impact the local and global world. Through dialogue, a tool central to global citizenship education, students connect to their own humanity, explore the world, and engage with others. Discover approaches for creating a learning space that leads to transformative experiences, as students develop a global mindset.
Dr. Maria Guajardo
Soka University, Japan
Maria Guajardo is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Soka University. Previously she served as Dean and Vice-President, with the distinction of being the first female and the first non-Japanese in these positions. Her research connects leadership development and global impact. Her work in diversity, equity, and inclusion has taken her from Malaysia to Mumbai, and from Singapore to South Africa. A clinical psychologist, she has degrees from Harvard and the University of Denver.

Teaching the Why of English Oral and Aural Skills
C  •  2:10-3:20  •  Workshops
Language learning is a wonderful thing to undertake, but there is always a struggle when it comes to output. While there is a school of thought that says we should preserve the unique accents non-native speakers have, there still is a desire among some to have more of a "native" pronunciation. This presentation will look at ways in which you can help the Japanese English learner better understand why listening/speaking is a challenge for them.
Dr. Jeremy S. Chambers
Temple University
Dr. Chambers specializes in academic writing for native and L2 speakers. He teaches courses with topics ranging from impact of the internet/anonymity on communication, influence of culture/language, and how the mind can be manipulated by external/internal factors. His research has been focused on communication and material/course development. Recent projects have included analysis of student support needs in writing classes, insight into pronunciation patterns in English, and material development aimed at more fluent non-native English speaking.

Language Education for Sustainable Development (LESD): A Best-Practice Guide in the Language Classroom
3A  •  3:35-5:00  •  Globalization and Culture
Language Education for Sustainable Development (LESD) is a new field of research, which seeks to empower language teachers with tools to develop meaningful and impactful lessons for global issues content. The presenters will discuss examples of LESD integration into Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) courses at the university level. This presentation will be of interest to language teachers using health and environmental content or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their classrooms.
Dr. Joshua John Jodoin, Harika Basak Bilici
Dr. Joshua John Jodoin, Konan University; Harika Basak Bilici, Kwansei Gakuin University
Joshua Jodoin Short Bio: Dr. Joshua John Jodoin is a recent graduate of the doctoral program at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) and an instructor at Konan University. He has previously worked at Kwansei Gakuin University, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), and Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Joshua’s research interests are in the areas of Language Education for Sustainable Development (LESD) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Harika Bilici Short Bio: Harika Basak Bilici is currently teaching in Kwansei Gakuin University and Osaka Jo University. She has a B.A. in ELT, Cambridge ICELT, DELTA, and a MA in Educational Management. Her research interests are in EAP, using art in the classroom, and syllabus design. She has recently been teaching a science-based health, happiness and behaviour change course using the latest findings in cognitive science and psychology.

What the heck is gurobaru jinzai anyway?
3A  •  3:35-5:00  •  Globalization and Culture
The global jinzai construct has been criticised for its emphasis on English language skills, and its failure to adequately define less quantifiable components of global competence. Research-based frameworks for global competence do exist, but these are largely Western-centric and their applicability in Japan is uncertain. This presentation reports on data collected from four stakeholder groups (FL learners, FL teachers, researchers and global professionals) to examine what really matters for global competence in Japan.
Fern Sakamoto
Fern Sakamoto, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Fern Sakamoto is a lecturer at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, where she teaches courses in intercultural competence and writing. She is also a PhD candidate at Macquarie University in Australia. Her research interests include education for intercultural and global competence, and foreign language teaching materials development.

"They're not even saavy enough to understand": Generation 1.5 students in a writing across the curriculum course
3A  •  3:35-5:00  •  Globalization and Culture
What strategies do Generation 1.5 undergraduates and their teachers identify as successful ways of engaging in writing assignments for a second-year writing across the curriculum (WAC) course? This presentation will report on a qualitative, multiple case study, which advances conversations about the effects of cultural capital and academic discourse socialization. Findings showed that all members of the course must integrate three specific methods to negotiate access to academic discourse communities.
Sara Van Dan Acker, MA, PhD Student
University of British Columbia, Department of Language and Literacy Education
Sara Van Dan Acker is a PhD student in the department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. In addition to her work instructing academic literacy courses, her research includes academic discourse socialization, English academic writing, and the internationalization of higher education curriculum.

Curriculum and Cultural Interference on Language Learning, Teacher Acknowledgement, and Adaptation
3B  •  3:35-5:00  •  Professional Development and Teaching
Cultural interference acknowledgement can be difficult to comprehend. Student acknowledgment of cultural interference has been researched extensively, but teacher acknowledgement has not. The purpose of this multi-case study is to examine teacher acknowledgement of cultural interference, to assess if they are aware of it, and to assist educators in becoming aware of it. The presentation will discuss how an America-based curriculum in Japan may affect the data that was collected.
Dr. Frederick Bacala
Yokohama City University
Dr. Bacala has been teaching English as a Second or Other Language in the United States and Japan. He has been working in the field for more than 20 years, and has been a college/university professor for more than 14 years. He recently received his Doctor of Education degree in 2019 at Taft University. His research interests include Cultural Linguistics, World Englishes, and Curriculum Development.

Teachers, their beliefs and their classrooms
3B  •  3:35-5:00  •  Professional Development and Teaching
The presenter will share part of a bigger study that she is currently working on. Using the data collected through questionnaires and interviews, this presentation will introduce the various teachers’ beliefs they hold, the various background that they have both educationally and culturally; and analyse how those beliefs may have been formed and how their practices may be explained based on their.
Mizuka Tsukamoto

Mitigating Cognitive Biases in a Critical Thinking Program
3B  •  3:35-5:00  •  Professional Development and Teaching
This workshop is designed to give an overview of the role of cognitive biases and how they can lead to biased reasoning and poor choices. Participants will be presented with debiasing strategies that move beyond simple awareness-raising activities. Scenarios and hands-on activities will help participants become more aware of their own blind spots and provide opportunities to learn how to ask the right questions and use nudges to mitigate them.
John Peloghitis and Guy Smith
International Christian University and International Christian University
John Peloghitis currently resides in western Tokyo and is presently teaching as an instructor in the English Liberal Arts Program at International Christian University in Japan. He teaches academic reading and writing, debate, and research writing. He is interested in second language writing, metacognitive strategies, syllabus design, and critical thinking. Guy Smith teaches at International Christian University in Tokyo in the English for Liberal Arts program. His teaching and research interests are in Self Determination Theory, student wellbeing and critical thinking.

Teaching and Testing Intercultural Communication Competencies Using a Global Model
3C  •  3:35-5:00  •  The Japanese University (PM)
In 2013, we proposed a Global Model of English that demonstrated how linguistic interactions occur and how these interactions can be mapped. This presentation updates the findings of our research, covering the pedagogical implications for the teaching and testing of English using a global perspective and dynamic approach, and suggests methods to improve the confidence of our students when using English in the linguistically complex real world.
Christopher G. Haswell Aaron Hahn Kevin C. Browne
Christopher G. Haswell, Kyushu University Aaron Hahn, Kyushu University Kevin C. Browne, Yamanashi Prefectural University
Christopher G. Haswell is an associate professor of linguistics at Kyushu University. His research interests are English as a Lingua Franca and World Englishes. His recent work is related to international students in Japan and their experiences of working as teaching assistants. In addition, he co-hosts the podcast “Lost in Citations”, interviewing experts in a variety of academic fields. He received his PhD in sociolinguistics from Sheffield University. Aaron Hahn is a Lecturer at Kyushu University. He conducts research on the intersection between English language teaching and English’s status as a lingua franca. Specifically, he examines how English language classes in Japan can be shifted away from their current focus on so-called native-speaker varieties of English towards a transnational ELF-based approach. In addition, he conducts research on teachers’ professional discourse using Critical Discourse Analysis. He holds a Doctorate of Literature from Kumamoto University. Kevin C. Browne is an associate professor of English in the Department of Policy Management at Yamanashi Prefectural University in Japan. He completed his PhD in Language Testing at the University of Leicester. Kevin’s research interests are intelligibility and pronunciation scoring on high stakes tests like the TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC. Research related to accents and raters’ accent-familiarities and their impact on scores are of particular interest as aspects of intercultural communication.

The Changing Use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) in Japanese English-Medium Instruction (EMI) Programmes
3C  •  3:35-5:00  •  The Japanese University (PM)
Synchronous and asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) became a lifeline for millions of students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This shift to CMC precipitated a unique set of challenges and benefits for both students and educators involved in EMI programmes in Japan. As life returns to normal and students begin to return to the physical classroom, what lasting impression will this ad hoc experiment into CMC leave on post-pandemic EMI education?
Mark Birtles
Mark Birtles, Hosei University
Mark Birtles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University in Tokyo. His research interests centre on computer-mediated communication, particularly in an educational context.

Japanese business school rankings: Rivalry or a case of apples and oranges?
3C  •  3:35-5:00  •  The Japanese University (PM)
There are many claims to the "top business school in Japan" moniker. This is confusing for prospective students when choosing where to invest an important part of their education. In this presentation, I reveal how this may be explained by a competing sets of quality assessment metrics of what entails a good business school. I also propose a weighted ranking table, emphasizing the remaining challenges in reconciling Japanese and international assessment practices.
Ivar Padrón-Hernández
Hitotsubashi University
Ivar Padrón-Hernández is an assistant professor at the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University. In his research, Ivar explores interactions between the global and the local, with a special focus on often unwritten rules and codes of behavior. His work has been presented at various international conferences, including AIB, AOM, EGOS, SASE and SMS. Ongoing research includes news narratives of foreign food and the defense mechanisms of the taxi industry against ridesharing disruptors.