Model United Nations Simulations and English as a Lingua Franca: New Perspectives on Best Practices
One of the most important 21st century skills is the ability to negotiate constructive resolutions in the face of conflicts of interest. Negotiation is a form of communication that requires more than just language ability. It requires being able to listen to, and communicate with, others within a milieu of diverse language abilities, academic, professional and cultural backgrounds in an increasingly global society. Added to this is the reality that the majority of English spoken globally is English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).
Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are uniquely positioned to help students develop their language ability and their global competencies, as well as being ideal opportunities for participants to experience ELF in an intensely communicative context. A common goal in MUN simulations is to prepare students to solve complex problems that are associated with living in a technological, competitive, and globally connected world. This volume provides researchers, negotiation practitioners, and language teachers with insights and best practices in MUN event and delegate preparation. Application of these best practices will significantly enrich the pedagogic environments designed for MUN delegates, especially in ELF contexts.
Donna Tatsuki received her MEd and EdD in Applied Linguistics from Temple University, Japan. She has taught courses in English Language Teaching Methodologies and other related ki, Lori Zenuk-Nishideareas at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan, since 2001. She is currently a Professor at this institution, and has thrice been Visiting Professor/Visiting Researcher at Sapienza University, Rome. In addition to publishing numerous articles in scientific journals, she is also the author, editor, and co-editor for several journal special issues. She convened the World Storytelling Conference in 2012, and has hosted the Global Negotiation Symposium every year since 2017.
Lori Zenuk-Nishide obtained her MEd in Applied Linguistics from Temple University, Japan. She has taught courses in Model United Nations and English Language Teaching at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan, since 2007. Together with Professor Donna Tatsuki, she co-founded and directed the KCUFS ELF MUN Program. In addition to publishing numerous articles in scientific journals, she is also the editor and co-editor of several journal special issues.
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