May 9-11 2017Kyoto, Japan
Prof. Malcolm Sim
Faculty of International, Liberal Arts
Akita International University, Japan
Topic: "Innovation in English Language Education: Cultivating Cross-cultural Engagement"
Dr. Sim has been involved in language education for over 18 years and has worked both in Australia (6 years) and Japan (12 years); the majority of this time employed at the university level. His interests lie in applied linguistics and psychology and how they interact in TESOL contexts. This includes second language acquisition (particularly the role of affective factors), pragmatics, learner autonomy, learner beliefs, EMI, teacher education and curriculum design. In the years ahead, besides maintaining his strong interest in TESOL, Dr. Sim plans to continue teaching and developing a selection of skills and content-based courses that will deliver applied instruction to a diverse range of students studying in an EMI environment here in Japan. He is inspired by research that holds the potential for the eventual development of refined methods and practices that may be utilized in the language classroom and beyond; efforts that may ultimately assist with practical theory, tools and exercises that teachers and students can employ to further their professional and personal goals. As someone involved in education, Dr. Sim believes helping others to achieve their full potential is truly the ultimate reward.
Socializing Event- GALA DINNER