The presentation was divided into two parts. The first part explained a research project surveying the language learning attitudes towards English at four universities in one Japanese prefecture. The purpose was to investigate whether attitudes might have changed today compared to a decade and a half ago, when it was proposed that English should become the second official language in Japan.
Summary: The presenter teaches an English immersion-style course titled "Journey to the Interior" at Akita University. This presentation introduces the two-pronged approach that he took to the planning and preparation of the course. The first approach he took was to make the English language-course content-based: the course is an in-depth study of the haiku poet Matsuo Bashō's Oku no hosomichi.
This presentation introduced Akita International University’s (AIU) Academic Achievement Center (AAC), a place that employs peer tutoring to support students. The presentation included an overview of the AIU curriculum, the theoretical background of peer tutoring, and the implementations of the peer tutoring method conducted at the center.
Summary: This research examines the language learning attitudes of English at four universities in one Japanese prefecture. All four schools have different requirements for the amount of English they need to learn to earn an undergraduate degree.
Words are the basic building blocks of the language and the most important factor influencing language proficiency. Despite learning English for 6 years in junior high school and high school, many Japanese students report feeling that they lack sufficient English vocabulary. This presentation explained why vocabulary is such an important aspect of language.
Summary: This presentation will introduce the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) at Akita International University (AIU), a center which employs peer tutoring to support students. The AAC has been successful in helping AIU students, both tutors and tutees, to succeed academically.
Summary: Words are the basic building blocks of the language and the most important factor influencing language proficiency. Despite learning English for 6 years in junior high school and high school, many Japanese students report feeling that they lack sufficient English vocabulary. This presentation will briefly explain why vocabulary is such an important aspect of language.
Summary: Large class size is of the most common problems facing teachers of English in Japanese medical schools and similar environments.
As language teachers, it is essential that we base our teaching on robust and verifiable descriptions of what spoken language is rather than relying on intuition or purely written forms. The advent of computerized corpora and availability of digital recording technology has enabled researchers to gain new insights as to how language is actually used by speakers in the real word.
Extensive reading has recently become a well-known technique for language study and many programs and individual instructors have been incorporating it into their language teaching practice. However, many educators may not have confidence that they fully understand what ER is or how they can take advantage of the benefits.