Growth and Learning Through Poster Presentations: Global Education and Language Development

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Jennifer Morgan, Meisei University


This paper explores a global education approach to EFL instruction in one Japanese university, which fosters learners’ English communication skills while they work together on poster presentations about social and environmental issues. Encouraging students to discuss global issues topics and report on fieldwork activities they had already researched during their Japanese seminar classes appears to motivate students to re-produce similar content for their English poster presentations. Informal survey findings suggest that content-based projects actively assist students to acquire the language, skills, and knowledge necessary to confidently communicate their ideas and opinions about social issues, to think critically, and to develop as world citizens.