||Participants’ Reflections on the Impact of a Short-term Graduate Student Exchange Program for Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign Language
郭, 鳳蘭稲葉, みどり
107 , 2017-03-31 , 愛知教育大学
The authors developed and put into action a program aiming to explore effective foreign language teaching approaches through the joint effort of a short-term exchange program between graduate students of AUE (Aichi University of Education, Japan) and those of NCUE (National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan), with the goals of promoting graduate level research exchange, attaining a higher level of teaching research, and forging a research partnership. This program was supported by a Short Stay Program 2015, granted by the Center for International Exchange, AUE. The program mainly consisted of six sessions including: a lecture on early English education in Taiwan, seminars on the cognitive-linguistic approach to English grammar teaching, a seminar on elementary English education in Japan, a symposium concerning Effective Early Literacy Instructional Strategies for EFL learners, an International Exchange Class teaching experience at an elementary school in Japan, and an English Teaching Roundtable sharing current English teaching issues with international teacher trainees from Costa Rica, Pakistan, Myanmar and Indonesia, and graduate students from Taiwan, and Japan. In this paper, the researchers centered on reporting three Taiwan graduate students’ reflections on their AUE visit. In particular, we limit our discussion to their experience of teaching the International Exchange Class in a Japan elementary school and their opinions regarding the English Teaching Roundtable. It is hoped that this program has played a certain role in sharing academic knowledge, broadening the participants’ views, creating an international basis of research exchange, and strengthening the two participating universities’ partnership.