Oxford Day 2018

Global and Local Trends in Language Education

Oxford Day is our flagship event for educators, researchers and academics in Japan, bringing together leading figures in education to address the most relevant questions facing language teachers and learners today. The talks are followed by a reception providing a unique opportunity to meet the speakers and network with industry peers.

This year’s program includes:

  • What trends and changes are impacting language education in Japan and globally?
  • How important is accuracy in language learning?
  • What kind of professional development has the most impact on teachers and students?

Expert insight, practical advice and invaluable networking opportunities

Plenary speakers

Michael Swan – freelance writer and lecturer, award-wining author, Practical English Usage, The Oxford English Grammar Course and more
Catherine Walter – University of Oxford, researcher and award-winning author, The Oxford English Grammar Course and more

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Plenary Speakers

Michael Swan
Michael SwanFreelance writer and lecturer, award-winning author, Practical English Usage, Oxford English Grammar Course and more
Michael Swan is a writer specialising in English language teaching and reference materials. His many publications include Practical English Usage, and, with Catherine Walter, Oxford English Grammar Course and The New Cambridge English Course. He has had extensive teaching experience with adult learners, and has worked with teachers in many countries. His academic interests include descriptive and pedagogic grammar, instructed and naturalistic SLA, cross-language influence in acquisition, and the relationship between applied linguistic theory and classroom language-teaching practice.
Presentation Getting things right: how much does it matter?(Language: English)
Right answers are important in education. Learners who get things right do better than those who don’t. But what is meant by ‘getting things right’, and does it always matter? The talk will offer some personal views (not necessarily ‘right answers’!) in three areas.
Language learning and use - how important is correctness (grammatical and other)?
Language teaching - are there right and wrong answers to questions of methodology?
Education in general - when does it make sense to talk about ‘right answers’, and when doesn’t it?
Catherine Walter
Catherine WalterEmeritus Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford, researcher and award-winning author, Oxford English Grammar Course and more
Dr Catherine Walter is an Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford, a member of the University of Oxford Education Department and a UK National Teaching Fellow. Her research focuses on second language reading and writing, on teacher development and on the acquisition of second language grammar. She is also the co-author with Michael Swan of best-selling books for teachers and learners of English language.
PresentationWhat professional development makes the most difference to teachers?(Language: English)
All over the world, teachers strive to become better at their jobs. In many fortunate cases, their efforts are supported and encouraged by their institutions and employers. This represents a major investment of time and human effort. What is the best use of the precious time and resources devoted to this undertaking? What kind of professional development makes the most difference to teachers and their learners? I will offer some answers to these questions, based on a rigorous review of the literature in the field.


Kunitake Kaneko
Kunitake KanekoAssistant Professor, Department of Information and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
揺らぎのある言葉と揺らぎのない情報検索(Language: Japanese)
George KumazawaShowa Elementary School attached to Showa Women's University
George Kumazawa is an expert on the Japanese education system having worked as a teacher trainer, researcher, lecturer and junior high school and high school teacher. He currently teaches at Showa Elementary School whilst also co-authoring an official MEXT-approved elementary school textbook. He has had a varied career having worked in finance, advertising and software development, in addition to education. He is a graduate of Yokohama International School, an IB DP school since 1986.
PresentationTaming the TOK(Language: English)
The recent surge in the number of Article One schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a clear sign that the program is settling in as a contender in the current era of disruptive change in education. Yet Japanese teachers on the ground are reportedly struggling with the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a required subject in the IB DP. The goal of this session is to make TOK less daunting thereby rendering it manageable and rewarding for all teachers.
John C. Maher
John C. MaherProfessor of Linguistics, Department of Society, Culture and Media, International Christian University, Tokyo
John C. Maher is Professor of Linguistics at International Christian University, Tokyo. He studied philosophy and linguistics at the Universities of London, Michigan and Edinburgh. His paper on English as an international language won the English-Speaking Union Prize in 1986.  He has published over 100 papers in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Translation and Applied Linguistics. His books include Introducing Chomsky and Multilingualism. He is a commentator on language for the BBC and is a founding member of the Japan Association of Sociolinguistics.
Presentation The importance of 'Multilingualism' and 'Language Awareness' in language teaching and learning(Language: English)
Language is a means of personal and social knowledge. That is why language education is important and why the 'Language Awareness' movement in European schools recognized the need to enhance awareness about language itself. The presence of various languages in society is termed 'multilingualism' We see languages in action (i.e. multilingualism) in the media and education, in families, in work, in streets and towns. However, there is still a lack of general awareness about multilingualism. How does 'multilingualism' motivate me, help me, and inspire me to learn other languages?
Noriaki Seki
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Hiroyuki Tsukamoto
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Yohko Watanabe
Yohko WatanabeProfessor and Curator, Keio University Art Center
モノの記述を通したコミュニケーション —— 美術と言語の接点(Language: Japanese)


9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:15 Welcome and overview
10:15-11:15 [University of Oxford Plenary]
What professional development makes the most difference to teachers?Catherine Walter(language: English)
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Presentation Title TBCSeki Noriaki(language:Japanese) Taming the TOKGeorge Kumazawa(language:English) Object- description-communication:contact point of art and LlanguageYohko Watanabe(language:Japanese)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 [Plenary] Getting things right: how much does it matter?Michael Swan(language: English)
15:00-15:30 Book signing/materials display
15:30-16:30 The importance of 'Multilingualism' and 'Language Awareness' in language teaching and learningJohn C. Maher(language:English) Presentation Title TBCHiroyuki Tsukamoto(language:Japanese) 揺らぎのある言葉と揺らぎのない情報検索Kaneko Kunitake(language:Japanese)
16:45-18:45 Reception

※Schedule and content are subject to change without prior notice.
Updated: July 19, 2018


Articles from OUP Blogs

40 Years of Practical English Usageby Michael Swan (April 2017)
Michael Swan, author of Practical English Usage, joins us on the blog today to review his IATEFL talk this year all about the new, fourth edition of PEU and its new features and organisation. If you were unable to attend … Read more
Catherine Walter on the #ELTJ Debate at #IATEFL Liverpoolby Catherine Walter (April 2017)
The ELT Journal debate at IATEFL Liverpool was a lively and well-attended affair. Thanks to the British Council, you can see the whole event online on the IATEFL Liverpool website. Here, Catherine Walter, who opposed the motion, gives her round … Read more
Three Question Interview – Michael Swaninterview with Michael Swan (April 2010)
We have asked top ELT authors the following 3 questions: What’s your favourite ELT book? What or who has had the biggest impact on ELT in the last 25 years? What do you wish you’d known when you started out … Read more

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