Background: In February 2010, GRIPS organized the First Joint GRIPS-Temple University Conference on English-based University Education in Japan. The conference provided an opportunity for more than a hundred participants to learn about the current practices and challenges as well as the future of English-based university education in Japan and other Asian countries. As the first of its kind in Japan, the conference brought together a diverse group of scholars, teaching professionals, students, and policy makers. The conference demonstrated a clear need for, and a high level of interest in, raising the quality of academic literacy programs designed for international and Japanese students. Following the success of last year’s conference, GRIPS will host a second conference on English-based university education to provide an opportunity for a diverse group of scholars, teaching professionals, students, and policy makers to share ideas about the various aspects of English-based university education in Asian countries.

Conference Theme: Developing academic literacy in a second language

Purpose: To promote a scholarly exchange of ideas on the current practices in teaching academic literacy in non-English settings in order to identify important issues and concerns in the development of academic literacy programs for international and Japanese students and explore alternative ways of designing language- and content-based courses to meet EFL students’ needs.

Hosting Institution: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Date: March 24, 2012 (Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm)

Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Registration: To register, send an email with your name and contact details to kpetchko@grips.ac.jp. Registration is free.

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