8th ACCMES 2023

Conference Date : November 23-25, 2023, Kyoto


Local Host : Kurt Ackermann

Kurt Ackermann received his BA in geography from Carleton University in 1991. He obtained his MSc in environmental management from Wye College, University of London in 2000. He is a Professor at the English Department of Hokusei Gakuen Junior College in Sapporo, Japan, where one of his courses is a content-based geography course for non-native (Japanese) speakers of English. His current research interests include Hokkaido and Japanese wolves, the potential for their reintroduction, including habitat availability, tourism opportunities, and other socioeconomic impacts. His diverse research interests also extend to issues of sustainability, renewable energy, and rewilding.


Keynote Speaker : Michelle Kawamura

Michelle Kawamura is a professor at the School of Economics at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. She holds a doctoral degree in Education with a focus onmaterials development. Her research interests include cross-cultural relationships and the use of technology to facilitate language and cultural learning. She has conducted several collaborative research projects with universities abroad, using technology as a means of communication to study changes in students’ motivation to use a foreign language when given the opportunity, as well as their language proficiency after the research period. Currently, she teaches socio-economic issues and cultures in English to university students, with the aim of exposing them to different social and cultural issues internationally, broadening their perspectives, and fostering critical thinking skills. She believes that critical thinking is an essential skill for all individuals. At this conference, she will discuss the new technology “Chat bot” in education, including its advantages and disadvantages, and how teachers can guide students to use this technology in an ethical manner to enhance their learning experience.

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