Teaching Lab: Gearing up for English medium classes

Bethany Iyobe, Howard Brown, & David Coulson

As English medium content courses are increasing at Japanese universities, institutions struggle with how to best support content specialist faculty members who are required to teach content courses to L2 learners. This paper describes the early stages of a Teaching Lab that was established at a small university in response to that situation. The Teaching Lab aimed to both support non-native English speaking faculty who will be teaching content subjects to Japanese students while utilizing English, and to encourage more teachers to use English in their content courses. The political and educational challenges and limitations experienced in the first year of the Teaching Lab are explained in detail.