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Several studies have supported WebQuest use in language education (e.g. Chuo, 2007; Sox & Rubinstein-Avila, 2009). This poster session will demonstrate how the WebQuest model helps teachers enable task-based, scaffolded practice in authentic use of a target language and digital resources, and disciplined inquiry and cooperative learning. The structure of WebQuests, examples and results of use in Japanese university classes, responses of students to a pilot questionnaire, instructor reflections, and pedagogical implications will be noted. In addition, links will be shared to free resources, guidance and tools for developing and using WebQuests, and to sites with existing WebQuests.
Japanese Learner Attitudes Toward Peer & Self-Assessment
Seikei University, Japan
Peer and self-assessment can promote learner enhanced critical/reflective thinking, and communication & teamwork (Yucel, Bird, Young, & Blanksby, 2014). However, concerns about implementing self and peer assessment include the reliability and credibility of student grading (Liu & Carless, 2006).
This study surveyed 126 university students in Japan about their beliefs, attitudes, needs and actions related to peer and self-assessment. Results focused on: 1) overall trends and typical responses and 2) the critical factors affecting credibility and reliability for Japanese learners. Guidelines, limitations and practical implications for the effective incorporation of peer and self-assessment in Japanese contexts are discussed.
SALC Rainbow Forum: Establishing a student community group to discuss LGBTQ+ themes
L. Kipling, J. Holowczyk, E. Okamoto
Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Many students are interested in learning more about gender and sexuality, and in discussing their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. However, while LGBTQ+ groups are a well-established feature of many campuses around the world, there are significantly fewer at Japanese universities. This presentation outlines an initiative to address students’ need for an on-campus LGBTQ+ community group, providing a platform for discussing LGBTQ+ themes, sharing information, support, and social events. It will outline the rationale and context for this initiative, the logistics of establishing and managing a student community, and provide some practical ideas for discussion topics, events, and student-led activities.