AARON CAMPBELL (KYOTO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES)

GUIDED VISUALIZATION FOR DEVELOPING TRANSCULTURAL AWARENESS IN THE EFL CLASSROOM : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Guided visualization is a technique for stimulating learner imagination. In the EFL classroom, it can also be used for a variety of listening and speaking activities. In this session, after describing the visualization technique, the presenter will show how it was used in an English communication course of 1st-year Global Studies students to not only increase their communication skills, but also help develop transcultural awareness. The course content focused the stories of changemakers from various cultures around the world: people who identify problems in their communities and take action to make positive change. Guided visualization activities allowed students to experience these social issues through the lens of the “other” by imagining themselves in communities dealing with these problems. The classroom activities that followed each visualization session not only gave learners speaking practice, but also provided opportunities for empathy and gratitude to arise.

Aaron P. Campbell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies of the Faculty of Global Engagement at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japan. His academic interests lie in extensive reading, fluency training, and vocabulary development.