Naheen Madarbakus-Ring is a lecturer at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business in Japan. She has taught in South Korea, the UK and New Zealand. Naheen received her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Her research areas include listening strategies, curriculum and material development.


Language Skills Listening SIG Forum more

Sun, Nov 14, 10:45-12:15 Asia/Tokyo

The forum, divided into three parts, will first showcase the Listening SIG. This will include outlining our communication, events, and publication initiatives. The second part will consist of a guest speaker presenting recent research conducted in the area of listening. The third part will be convened as an annual general meeting and then a panel discussion for both SIG members and guests to share their own experiences and accounts of research developments. Marc Jones Stuart Benson David Coulson Joshua Matthews

Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Teaching Observations From the Pre-Sessional Listening Classroom more

Sat, Nov 13, 13:25-13:50 Asia/Tokyo

Research investigating listening lessons has shown how teachers prioritise vocabulary-based and problem-solving opportunities but give grammar and background knowledge a lower priority. This presentation outlines three teachers’ current listening practices in a pre-sessional EAP course at a New Zealand university. Three classroom observation lessons and interviews outline the teachers’ use of the textbook, supplementary materials, and feedback. The presentation also provides listening-based suggestions for educators to use in their own tertiary-level listening classrooms.

Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Hitting the Lexical Keynote: A Textbook Vocabulary Load Analysis more

Sat, Nov 13, 15:25-15:50 Asia/Tokyo

Textbooks offer teachers guidance and support in their teaching and provide learners with a familiar lesson framework in learning. However, textbooks present many lexical, syntactic, and grammatical challenges for learners. This study investigates the lexical profile and vocabulary load of two popular university-assigned ELT textbooks. Upon the vocabulary analysis of each textbook and their subsequent units, the results show the lexical demands required for second language learners in ELT and Japanese tertiary-level programmes.

Stuart Benson