One of the most important the 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. Negotiation is problem solving where the bringing together of two or more parties with seemingly divergent interests requires creativity and involves the expansion of the solution choice-set to enable a win-win situation.

When negotiating in English in a multicultural and multilingual environment, Japanese are stereotypically known to adopt roles as observers rather than as active participants because they are relying on a Japanese cultural approach to negotiation. In Japanese education, problem solving and critical/creative thinking have not been valued at the core of learning and innovation. The 21st century calls for educational systems to ensure that their curriculum design and pedagogical practices emphasize and develop competencies that are crucial for successful negotiation. Our common goal is to prepare students to solve complex problems that are associated with living in a technological, competitive, and globally connected world.

Call for Participation

This Global Negotiation Symposium will bridge theory, research and practice of negotiation in order to support teachers with practical skills, language and evaluative frameworks. The Global Negotiation Symposium provides an opportunity for researchers, negotiation practitioners, and language teachers to share their insights and best practices in order to significantly enrich the pedagogic environment for spoken interaction for both non-native and native speakers of English. Knowledge of and practical familiarization with the pragmatic norms of negotiation within relevant communities of practice is an important aspect of socialization for native speakers and foreign language learners alike. One outstanding innovation of this Global Negotiation Symposium will be workshop opportunities for participants to observe students negotiating at JUEMUN and learn about a Model United Nations simulation as a community of practice.

Presenters are invited to address the theme of negotiation in communication through a variety of conference strands: language pedagogy, skill development, communication/negotiation strategies, ICT and flipped classroom environments, etc. (Contact us with other ideas or for more information).

Presentation formats will include: individual papers (20 min); panels (45-90 min depending on #of speakers); workshop/demonstrations (45 min) and posters.

Proposal Submissions: Title of Presentation (max 10 words); Presentation Format (indicate preference of paper, panel, etc.); Presenter Information (Name(s), Workplace/Affiliation); Abstract (max 200 words); Short Abstract for Program (50 words); Bio Blurbs for each presenter (max 30 words per person). Proposal deadline: April 30, 2017.

A review of the proposals will be conducted by members of the organizing committee. Acceptance decisions will be made by May 7, 2017.


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Michiko Kuroda: Keynote Workshop

“Successful Negotiation for Cooperation”

This workshop will present interest-based negotiation that leads to win-win results and cooperation. You will learn about successful negotiation, key negotiation skills for success, and crucial communication skills that will contribute to making your negotiation a big success. Using her thirty years of international experience in negotiations, Prof. Kuroda will make the workshop interactive with engaging activities, such as hands-on exercises and role-plays, to help you retain what you have learned and gain vital skills. By the end of the workshop, the participants will have acquired practical, useful tools and skills for negotiation, cooperation, and collaboration with negotiation counterparts.

Michiko Kuroda (Visiting Professor and Fellow at Mercy College in New York) has 30 years of working experience for the United Nations, and on the roster of UNDP Peace-building Advisers. She held several senior positions at the UN, including Chief of Staff at the United Nations Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations in Timor-Leste, Senior Mangement Analyst at Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Senior Conflict Management Officer at the Ombudsman’s Office. She is a Certified Mediator in New York State and an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) from International Coach Federation (ICF). Her publications include Early Warning and Conflict Resolution (co-editor), McMillan and St. Martin’s Press, London and New York, 1992. She has MA in International Relations with a focus on International L aw.She studied at Tsukuba University in Japan, The Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Georgetown University in the USA, the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Switzerland.

Jay Klaphake: Featured Workshop


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Jay Klaphake (Professor, Department of Global Affairs at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) has worked for the United States House of Representatives and in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General and served as the executive director and lobbyist for the University of Minnesota Coalition for Higher Education. Professor Klaphake teaches international negotiation and international law to both undergraduate and law school students, and is the founder and executive producer of TEDxKyoto, as well as being the TEDx Ambassador for Japan. He holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and Political Science from Macalester College, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

Andrea Paul: Featured Observation Workshop

Negotiation in Practice

This workshop describes performance of negotiation discourse (moves, functions, language) using an instrument for needs analysis, teaching, and assessment of spoken interaction in negotiation. The Spoken Interaction Negotiation Instrument (SINI) is based in Systemic Functional Linguistics, interactional sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication theory. Language teaching has conceptualised spoken interaction as unstructured, and consequently difficult to teach or directly assess. This approach streamlines the relationship between learning, feedback and assessment. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the instrument for these purposes, observe negotiation in action at JUEMUN, and discuss your observation and its implications and applications for your practice.

Andrea Paul (Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) has worked in content-based language and communication skills for over 18 years developing and delivering curriculum and credit bearing subjects across disciplines at secondary, under and post-graduate levels. For over 5 years at Kyoto Nishi High School, Andrea co-delivered a 12-week curriculum, preparing students for participation in an annual inter-school Model United Nations event. Her subsequent discourse research and a comprehensive literature review on negotiation across different professional contexts form the basis of a framework for teaching and assessing negotiation. See more at Monash profile

David Kluge: Featured Workshop

“Non-confrontational Debate: Debate Skills for Collaborative Communication”

Debate is usually seen as a confrontational activity: one team versus another team with one team winning and the other losing. While this is true of formal debate as practiced in secondary and tertiary education, there are many debate skills that can be used to constructively cooperate in communicating a message. This workshop will focus on the teaching, learning, and practice of such logic and position-creating skills. The goal of the workshop is to help the participants to increase their collaborative debate communication skills and learn how to teach these skills.

David Kluge (Nanzan University) has been involved with debate for almost 40 years as a debater, debate coach, and university debate teacher. In addition to debate, he is also interested in speech, oral interpretation, and drama. He has published books on oral communication and academic writing.