Learning English through Experience
英語教育活動 English Education Activities
ポスタープレゼンテーション Poster Presentation
The 2nd year poster presentations are held in summer each year with participation
also from two local high schools.
スピーチコンテスト Speech Contest
2015 Speech and Recitation Contests. Thank you all for your
カルチュラルナイト Cultural Night
Student mentors prepared video for the pre-cultural night presentations
on April 8th. Enjoy watching.
Messages from members of the department
A video with teachers and students giving messages to the new freshmen.
Thanks, Atsushi Kawakubo for making it.
Learner-Centered Approach. Our classes focus more on students. Our activities include active learning, in which students solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate, or brainstorm during class; cooperative learning, in which our students work in teams on problems and projects under conditions that assure both positive interdependence and individual accountability.
Use of Technology. Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives (University of Washington, 2015). In our Department, students and teachers utilize computers in every class. Each student brings a laptop computer which they use to type and save their activities. The WiFi on campus enables students to access materials on-line. The technology tools that we use are:
Xreading for reading courses
NewsActivist for high level writing courses
Dropbox for saving and retrieving course activity files. It allows students to synchronize files across home and school computers, smartphones, and tablets.
Universal Passport for e-portfolio, attendance records, syllabi, course grades
Use of Rubrics. Rubrics are evaluation tools that can help us understand what comprises a course grade and allow students to perceive evaluation as fair and meaningful. They let us know what students can do to improve their performance (Reddy & Andrade, 2010). They give detailed feedback of students’ strengths and weaknesses (Andrade, 2000).
Speak English Only. The English Only Policy is intended to address the fact that we are in a non-English environment and in a society where speaking English has often been viewed as showing off. First, unlike the U.S. and other Anglo countries, students do not experience English outside the classroom, so are limited to how much English they are exposed to in natural settings. Our policy is to maximize their exposure to English. You are fluent in English because you have had opportunities to use the language. This is what we would like our students to have.