Workshop on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) -- Scientific Presentation Skills November 20th, 2012, the University of Hyogo, Kobe, Japan. To be held as one of the OMRON Satellite Events in SCIS-ISIS2012.

Dear students and young scientists,
Dear faculty and administrators interested in ESP,

ORGANIZERS (in alphabetical order):

 100-230pPresentation Pragmatics (lecture and discussion)Stuart Politi
 245-415pPresentation Brush-up (demonstration and practice)Atsushi Inoue 
 430-600pEnglish for Specific Purposes Camp Workshop (ONLY for faculty and administrators interested in ESP)Atsushi Inoue and Stuart Politi

Your registration is not necessary but is helpful for us to establish closer communication via E-mail when necessary. This also helps in prioritizing participants when there are too many participants (first-come, first-serve basis from the registration list). Please visit here to fill in a simple online form. There is NO registration fee if you already register to SCIS-ISIS2012. There may be a NOMINAL fee if you ONLY participate in this workshop (2000-4000JPY for general participants; 1000-2000JPY for students).


Who should participate in this workshop? Young scientists, such as graduate and undergraduate students, as well as young faculty and scientists, whose native language is not English should participate in this half-day workshop, in order for you to be capable of effectively and efficiently presenting scientific work in English.  Specifically at this time, this workshop is focusing on the last-minute tips and brush-up for your oral (and poster) presentations at an international conference such as SCIS-ISIS2012.

Faculty and administrators who are interested in English for Specific Purposes should also participate in this workshop. You will observe effectiveness and efficiency of our instruction in different modes -- lecture and demonstration. In addition, you will be informed more specifics about hosting some ESP camp for your laboratories, departments, universities, and institutes.

What (Who) is CRDF? CRDF is a nonprofit organization in the United States of America that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources and training. They develop and implement ESP training for today’s science and technology professionals, providing instructors, a specialized curriculum and training materials as a part of their international collaboration promotion. Training topics may include presenting and discussing one’s ideas and priorities, initiating and taking part in international collaborations, staying current with evolving trends and information, and both reading and producing material specific to one’s field. Contact information for locating current opportunities within one’s field, including grants, internships, conference participation and collaborators are also provided.

Their model uses the results of a needs assessment to design a tailored program using English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors and doctoral-level scientists to oversee and teach a curriculum where situational language instruction is incorporated with relevant scientific and technical discussions. Since 2002 they have conducted 16 English trainings throughout Eurasia, training more than 800 science and technology students and professionals. On average, more than 90% of participants report increased confidence communicating in English specific to the field of those students and professionals. The majority also reported gaining a greater ability to take greater advantage of opportunities in the international science and technology community. The organizers of this workshop have worked together for 6 trainings held in Russia and Kazakhstan since 2009.

What is SCIS-ISIS2012? The 6th International Conference on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems and The 13th International Symposium on Advanced Intelligent Systems, jointly held in November 2012 in Kobe, Japan. This is organized as a result of our international scientific collaboration between Japan and South Korea. Please visit the conference web site for more information.

Who should be contacted? Please contact Atsushi Inoue via E-mail.