KAZUMI KATO (TOKAI UNIVERSITY)

A TASK BASED GROUP PROJECT WITH STUDENTS IN JAPAN AND SINGAPORE : INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This presenter has been researching how Japanese students can conduct a task-based group project in English. She created model video materials called “Picture Story” conducted by native English speakers. She also created a teaching method aimed at helping Japanese students to accomplish their group tasks in English. In this method, there are several unique activities for students such as recording and analyzing students’ own discussions, making corpus list with expressions they wanted to use during the group work, and she gave the input opportunities using app for the smartphone. After the series of the method, students tried to do the same group project with students in Singapore using Skype. In this presentation, the presenter will introduce the materials and the methods then analyze students’ group discussions from the aspect of the pragmatics and the language acquisition.

Kazumi Kato is a lecturer at Tokai University, school of Marine Science and Technology in Japan. Her main research interests are interlanguage pragmatics, speech acts, task-based language teaching and cooperative learning. She is also interested in ESP and has found opportunities for her students to use authentic English outside classroom.