Departmental Bulletin Paper Enhancing Learner Engagement in a Communicative Curriculum

Rob, HIRSCHEL  ,  Gareth HUMPHREYS  ,  Levy SOLOMON  ,  Brian THOMAS

Throughout the field of English language education, communication skills are increasingly being emphasized. Within the Japanese university context this is particularly the case. There are however many challenges to fostering a communicative classroom. These challenges include learners accustomed to teacher-centered approaches and passive behavior in the classroom. Additional complications inherent to compulsory study include variations in learners’ motivation, interest, and proficiency. This paper presents an attempt to improve learner engagement in speaking activities as part of a project of ongoing curriculum renewal.

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