Capstone Project Title
Professional Development Activities: Understanding How Cultural Stigmas Impact the Participation of Japanese English Learners in Universities
According to a variety of research and literature, existing cultural stigmas in Japanese society and education creates a classroom culture gap between native English teachers (NETs) and Japanese English learners (ELs) at the university level. The specific cultural gap in question is on the differences in cultural expectations regarding participation between NETs and Japanese ELs. The result of this classroom cultural gap generally results in a silent and non-productive class. To combat this issue, I have designed a total of 15 professional development (PD) activities. The project employs culturally relevant pedagogy as understood by Ladson-Billing, and it is specifically designed for EFL professionals and NETs teaching Japanese ELs in universities. Although adaptable, the PD activities are best applied in formal and in-person settings where interactive learning can be exercised. The goal of the project is to provide NETs experience and knowledge on effective teaching practices that is not only student-centered but culturally responsive to reduce learner anxiety and optimize student participation in the EFL classroom.
Adult Education, Classroom Management, Learning Styles, Classroom Culture Gap
Rom, Peter, "Professional Development Activities: Understanding How Cultural Stigmas Impact the Participation of Japanese English Learners in Universities" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 639.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects