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October 2021: The ERC Online Opens on October 4th!



August 2021: Teacher Feature

Leander’s ESP Course: Learn to Program and Make Your Own Game in English!



English is the language of the world, and code is the language of the internet which connects it. Knowing one or the other can open many doors in life. Learning both, though, can really multiply your opportunities, and since the code from which the web is built is based on English, learning the two together actually makes a lot of sense. This is exactly what we do in my English for Specific Purposes course on web programming for complete beginners, and unlike many coding courses for beginners, which tend to focus on basic web page design, students in this course create their own web-based games. This course is for complete beginners who have zero programming experience (although more advanced learners are welcome!).

We start by working through some tutorials I’ve created that give you all the basic web programming skills necessary to create your own choose-your-own-adventure game using the language of the web (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). Soon, students begin working on their own games, developing their story and exchanging ideas in class. We also help each other solve programming problems that come up in our games using English. During the final week of the course, students present on their games and then we play them! One of my former students was kind enough to allow me to share her game “Color of the World” with you. Click the start screen below to play it!


Students who take the course for two quarters will have an opportunity to develop more advanced games in other programming languages if they wish. In 2020, second quarter students decided together that they wanted to try developing games the same way many professional developers do—by using Unity Game Engine and the C# programming language. Minori, one of my students from this class, has kindly allowed me to share her game with you. Click the image below to try it, and if this course sounds interesting to you, sign up* and let the adventure begin!

*To find the course, go to the Saitama University syllabus and type "Leander" in the "教員名検索" box and "ESP" in the "キーワード検索" box.



Leander Hughes: is an associate professor at the Saitama University Center for English Education and Development (CEED). See his profile page for more information.

April 2021



December 22nd: Christmas Party at the ERC Online!

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October 30th: Halloween Party at the ERC Online!

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September 2020

With the physical ERC currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many students and faculty have voiced their desire for an online ERC. In response, we've developed the Zoom-based ERC Online. Visit our ERC page to find out more!

March 2020

Updates on the Coronavirus Outbreak

See the World Health Organization's latest updates and guidance regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

December 2019

ERC Christmas Party on December 17th

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October 2019

ERC Halloween Party on October 29th!

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April 2019

The ERC Opens Monday April 15th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with teachers and other students as well as work on English homework and access various English resources. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting on Monday April 15th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


December 2018

ERC Christmas Party on December 18th

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October 2018

ERC Halloween Party on October 30th!

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April 2018

The ERC Opens Monday April 16th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with teachers and other students as well as work on English homework and access various English resources. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting on Monday April 16th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


December 2017

ERC Christmas Party on December 21st

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October 2017

ERC Halloween Party on October 31st!

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April 2017

The ERC Opens Monday April 17th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with teachers and other students as well as work on English homework and access various English resources. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting on Monday April 17th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


December 2016

ERC Christmas Party on December 20th

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November 2016

Tuesday, November 15: Seminar on International Cooperation in Engineering with UC Riverside

(See poster below for details)





Thursday, November 24

We are at it again!

The XIII Drama Workshop of the English Resource Center presents: Occupational Hazards

Come and join us for a comedy afternoon that will make you feel MUCH better about your job. That's a warning, not a promise...

More details on our Facebook page.

The Drama Workshop Presents 'Occupational Hazards'
ERC Halloween Party on November 1st

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ERC Christmas Party on December 20th

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Report on the Seminar on International Cooperation in Engineering with UC Riverside


The Dean of Bourns College of Engineering, Professor Sharon Walker and the Chair of Mechanical Engineering Professor Guillermo Aguilar from the University of California Riverside (UCR) visited the ERC on November 15th. They both spoke with Saitama University students in the ERC after Dr. Walker's presentation entitled, "Bourns College of Engineering: We engineer excellence. A model of an inclusive, research-intensive American engineering college." The communication exchange was very meaningful for our students.

University of California Riverside (UCR) graduate and certified public accountant (CPA) Mr. Aki Fujiki took time to answer students queries about studying abroad after his talk on "Life is all about choices and responsibility" in the ERC on November 15th. We learned a lot about university life in California from Dr. Walker, Dr. Aguilar, and Mr. Fujiki.

October 2016

The ERC Opens Monday October 3rd

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with teachers and other students as well as work on English homework and access various English resources. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting on Monday October 3rd. Come join us!


April 2016

The ERC Opens Monday April 25th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with teachers and other students as well as work on English homework and access various English resources. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting on Monday April 25th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


December 2015

ERC Christmas Party

The ERC is having a Christmas Party on Friday, December 18th. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to bring your own snacks/drinks, and some to share, if you can!


November 2015

Dear Drama Workshop loyal fans,

Thank you for your always kind and unwavering support. This year, we are proud to invite you to attend our annual performance, marking the completion of the 12th Drama Workshop of the English Resource Center, and 9 years of uninterrupted activities.

Taking a step aside from our usual comedic performances, our 2015 Drama Workshop students tackled a major dramatic work by science fiction novelist Jerome Bixby: "The Man From Earth." The story begins with Professor John Oldman, packing his bags and preparing to move away from his home. His colleagues show up to give him an improvised farewell party: Harry, a biologist; Edith, an art history professor and devout Christian; Danielle, an anthropologist; Sandy, the faculty secretary; Dr. Will Gruber, a psychiatrist; Art, an archaeologist; and one of their students, Linda.

As John's colleagues press him to explain the reason for his sudden departure, he, somewhat reluctantly, reveals that he is a prehistoric caveman who has survived for more than 14,000 years, and that he relocates every ten years to keep others from asking questions about his unchanging youthful appearance. Although he implies that this is the tentative plot for a science-fiction story he is working on, he eventually begins answering questions from a first-person perspective...

We hope you will join us for another theatrical adventure, and let us transport you with us to a world where time may not be what it seems.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Adriana & the Cast


October 2015

Halloween Party at the ERC!

The ERC is having a Halloween Party on Friday, October 30th. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to bring your own snacks/drinks, and some to share, if you can!


Introducing the Global Cafe at Saidai!

The Global Cafe at Saidai gives Japanese and international students an opportunity to talk and hang out over dinner and is brought to you by the student-run group Hi-Hive. Click the poster below for more details!


The ERC Opens October 5th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with Teaching Assistants and Teacher/Advisors as well as work on English homework and borrow English books and DVDs. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting October 5th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


August 2015

ERC Closed for Summer

The English Resource Center (ERC) is now closed, and will open again the second week of fall semester. See you then!


April 2015

The ERC Opens April 20th

Want to chat in English, get help with English homework, or borrow English books and DVDs? Stop by the English Resource Center (ERC): open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting October 6th. Looking forward to seeing you there!


December 2014

Friday, Dec. 19: ERC Christmas Party
ERC Christmas Party 2014

Eat, drink, and be merry at this year's ERC Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 19 from 3pm to 5pm!


November 2014

Sunday, Nov. 23: The ERC Drama Workshop Presents "Miss Understanding"
The ERC Drama Workshop Presents 'Miss Understanding'

Because there IS method in this madness, but we have not found it yet, we proudly invite you and your social (and all other types of) obligations, relations, and attachments, to join us AGAIN this year for another theatrical adventure.

The place: as usual, the Saitama University Hall (Daigaku Kaikan - Lawson Building, 3rd floor).

The time: SUNDAY 23rd of November (yes, yes, during the famous Mustume-sai), at 14:00 EXACTLY. Doors will open at 13:50, and considering that last year we made that hall burst at the seams and all 140-plus seats were occupied by REAL people, we recommend that you come early.

Expect the unexpected: many wonderful surprises, funny and weird stories, amazing energy, edible missiles, and a great banana. Yes, you read that correctly, no need to go back a line.

Hope to see you all there!

October 2014

Friday, Oct. 31: ERC Halloween & Autumn Harvest Party!
 
 

ERC Halloween & Autumn Harvest Party!

The ERC Opens October 6th

Want to chat in English, get help with English homework, or borrow English books and DVDs? Stop by the English Resource Center (ERC): open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting October 6th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

August 2014

ERC Closed for Summer Break

The English Resource Center (ERC) has closed for summer break and will open again in October. See you then!

April 2014

The ERC Opens April 21st

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English with Teaching Assistants and Teacher/Advisors as well as work on English homework and borrow English books and DVDs. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting April 21st. Looking forward to seeing you there!

December 2013

Friday, Dec. 20: ERC Christmas Party!
 
 

ERC Christmas Party 2013

October-November 2013

Tuesday, Oct. 29: ERC Halloween & Autumn Harvest Party!
 
 

ERC Halloween & Autumn Harvest Party!

Sunday, Nov. 3: The ERC Drama Workshop Presents "Life Recipes"

(from 14:15 on the 3rd floor of the Lawson Bldg.)

The ERC Drama Workshop Presents 'Life Recipes'

October 2013

The CEED Welcomes Rika Aoki

We would all like to extend a warm welcome to Rika Aoki, our newest member of the CEED full time faculty. Rika is a specialist on phonetic acquisition of language learners and will be applying her knowledge and expertise to help further develop our center's computer assisted language learning system. We are grateful to have her on our team and are looking forward to working together with her to better serve our students.

The ERC Opens October 7th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English as well as work on English homework and borrow English books and DVDs with Teaching Assistants and Teacher/Advisors. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting October 7th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The CEED welcomes the incoming Global Youth (GY) Students!

Congratulations to the students who passed the competitive selection process to become the fifth generation of students in the Global Youth Program. Now your difficult preparation for studying abroad and increased English proficiency study begins, and the faculty at our center look forward to helping you do your best and make the most of this amazing opportunity.

April 2013

The CEED Welcomes Forrest Nelson

Everyone here at the CEED would like extend a warm welcome to our newest member of the full time faculty, Forrest Nelson. Forrest has extensive university teaching experience and is also highly knowledgeable about the latest language learning technologies. We feel lucky to have him on our team, and are looking forward to working together with him for the continued advancement of our center.

The ERC Opens April 15th

The English Resource Center (ERC) is a place where students can gather and converse in English as well as work on English homework and borrow English books and DVDs. The ERC will be open weekdays this semester from 3pm to 5pm starting Monday April 15th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

March 2013

New CEED Website!

Those who have visited our site prior to this update can see that it now has an all new look.

Everyone here at the CEED would like to thank Saitama University alumni Aram Lee for volunteering her time and skills to enable this makeover.

Aram not only contributed the professional level photography featured on our About page and in our ERC slideshow, she also created the page layout and background used on our site. Thank you, Aram, for your spectacular work!

December 2012

Friday, Dec. 21, 15:00 - 17:00: ERC Christmas Party 2012!!!
ERC Christmas Party 2012

November 2012

Friday, Nov. 23, 14:30: The ERC Drama Workshop Presents "Shall We Laugh?"

Doors open at 14:15 on the 3rd floor of the Lawson Bldg! (Click the poster below for more info!)

Nov. 23 Drama Workshop: Shall We Laugh?

October 2012

The English Resource Center (ERC) Opens Oct 9th!

Drop in, sit back, chat and relax in English at the ERC every weekday from 3pm to 5pm, starting Tuesday, October 9th!

April 2012

A lot is happening at the ERC!

See the posters below for details!

November 2011

"Penelope has done something... tiresome. She did not do it deliberately. She did it on PURPOSE. And she needs company..."
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Dear Friends, Family, Fans & Supporters,

Once again, we are very pleased to invite you to join us for another dramatic journey into the world of English theatre. This year, marking our 5th anniversary and the completion of 8 workshops (we are getting old...) our Center for English Education & Development students will perform a VERY exciting, twisted, bizarre and funny (dark, but funny!) story: an adaptation of the play in one act "A Slight Accident" (1961), by James Saunders

Our promise: an afternoon of entertainment (November 04, as part of the activities of Saitama University's famous Mutsume Matsuri), and a story that you will not forget for a while. See the poster attached for details or email me if you need more information!

See you all there!

Nov 4 Drama Workshop: A Slight Accident
Nov. 1: ERC Halloween / Samhain Party!

Come join us at the ERC from 3-5pm on Tuesday, November 1st to celebrate the season (and get some Halloween goodies!).

ERC Halloween-Samhain Party!

October 2011

The ERC Opens Oct. 11th!

Our English Resource Center (ERC) will be opening back up on Thursday, October 11th. Stop by to work on your English conversation skills, borrow English books and DVDs, or just hang out!

June 2011

Recent & Upcoming Presentations by CEED Faculty

Nathan Krug made a presentation in May at the 2011 North-East Asian Regional Conference, held by the International University of Japan. Nathan presented findings concerning the turn-taking practices of second language learners-focusing on ways that learners draw attention so as to become the next speaker.

Stacey Vye will be presenting at the Nakasendo English Conference on Sunday, June 19th. Stacey will present a poster on the development of her students' language learning histories and what discoveries were made as part of the Learner Development SIG of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) Forum. (Click here for the poster and further info.)

Leander Hughes will be presenting on Sunday, June 26th, on experimental approaches to researching the effectiveness of communicative language learning activities at the JACET Kanto 5th Annual Convention. (Click here for more info.)

April 2011

ERC Opens April 20th!

Our English Resource Center will be opening as scheduled on April 20th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Teacher's Corner With Jason White

In April 2011, Jason White presented his 8-week long project, "Putting Truman on Trial," at JALT Omiya in which he led a workshop discussing academic speaking strategies. Jason's World War II mock scenario was a success for the AS2 students who participated, and this was communicated to the participants in the workshop, specifically the way in which the students learned the key academic speaking skills of inference/implication, persuasion, and extrapolation. Jason will be putting together a paper that expands upon this presentation.

March 2011

A Message of Hope from Students at the University of Arkansas

Nozomi Tanaka, instructor of Japanese at the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas and associate of Stacey Vye's conveyed to Stacey this message of hope to students and their families in Japan during these times of crisis. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them for their support.

February 2011

Last Day at the ERC this Semester

The ERC's last day this semster is Friday, February 4th. We look forward to seeing everyone again when we open for the spring semester in April (date to be announced)!

January 2011

Global Youth Students Write About Their Experiences Abroad
The Saitama University Global Youth (GY) Program gives students the opportunity to study global issues, attend an American university, as well as do internships with NGOs. Currently, seven GY students are studying abroad at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, U.S.A. You can read about their insights and adventures as well as send comments and questions to them via our Global Youth Student Blog. Check it out! Visit the Global Youth Student Blog
For more information about the Global Youth Program, please contact Professor Miao at the Center for Research and Training on International Development.

December 2010

December Events in the ERC

The ERC is welcoming the holiday season with special events every week! Click on the flyer below for details!

The Teacher's Corner: Jason White's Interview Project

In Jason White's AS2b class this semester, the students battled it out to see who is the most influential person in human history. Taken from a shortlist of personalities, the students represented such well known people as Columbus, Augustus Caesar, Euclid, Galileo, Gutenberg, Aristotle, and Confucius. The purpose of the interview project was to convince the rest of the class to vote for your personality- you could not vote for yourself! Students used Power Point files to present their largely memorized, scripted interviews, and every project was a joy to listen to. We all learned a lot about world history and how ridiculous the chain of events can become if you know how to use your imagination. Take a look at these still pictures accompanied by their audio tracks: Caesar, Galileo, Columbus, Confucius, Euclid, Gutenberg, and Aristotle. See if you, too, can learn something new about these famous historical figures.

The class voted, and Galileo and Confucius tied.

November 2010

Nov. 6th & 7th: CEED Faculty Presentations at the Tokyo ELT Expo and TEL Book Fair

Assistant professsors, Leander Hughes and Stacey Vye will be presenting at the Tokyo ELT Expo and TEL Book Fair at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo, on November 6th and 7th repectively. Here are the details:

Nov. 6th, 2:15-3:00: Are first impressions Everything? by Leander Hughes

Do students' first impressions of us as language teachers really matter? Join the presenter as he shares current findings in social psychology as well as the results of his own research and discover just how much first impressions can tell us. (Download the PowerPoint presentation!)

Nov. 7th, 4:45-5:30: Student generated self-assessment that helps the teacher too by Stacey Vye

This presentation will describe a student generated self-assessment and multi-purpose aid used in the classroom, which is designed to help the students and their teachers alike. The device flexibly serves as a self-assessment tool, a name badge, a classroom language guide, a vocabulary builder, and chances for greater student-teacher communication.(Download the PowerPoint presentation!)

Both teachers and students are welcome to join!

October 2010

Sunday, Oct. 31st: The ERC Drama Workshop Presents "Run for Your Wife!"
(from 14:15 on the 3rd floor of the Lawson Bldg.)
 
Farce can be described as �ga light, comic theatrical piece in which the characters and events are greatly exaggerated to produce broad and absurd humour, usually featuring varying amounts of highly improbably situations�h, and that is exactly what you�fll get from Ray Cooney's Run for your Wife.
 
John Smith, a taxi driver (played by Hiroki Sato), maintains two separate households, one in Ageo, the other a few minutes away in Omiya. After an accident that involves getting concussed with a handbag (don�ft ask!), his worlds collide, and the police (Hiromi Funakoshi, Hiroka Ishida, and Takuma Sato) are called in to investigate.
 
With increasing ineptitude, the taxi driver tries to keep his wife Mary (played by Asuka Aoki) from learning about the other wife, Barbara (Saki Shidara). From here on the players will entangle you in a delightful afternoon of frenzied humour, as John Smith attempts to fool the police and evade discovery by his wives, aided by his unemployed Ageo neighbour Stanley Gardner (Hayato Suzuki in truly comic mode): "I'm one of the government's vital statistics,�h -- he proclaims -- �galthough I'm thinking of making it permanent:
Invite to Run for your Wife
the hours are great!"
 
Through most of the second act the humour is based on the fact that John and Stanley are pretending to be a gay couple, while Bobby Franklyn (Ippei Suzuki), a genuinely gay man from the flat upstairs, continually drops in to add to the confusion in a hilarious performance that will get you all laughing out loud.
 
Whenever possible, the play makes fun of stereotypes: dumb cops, drama queens, pre-feminist women, and even the press (Atsuko Ishiwata). To complicate the plot, almost everyone is mistaken for someone else: one wife for a nun, the other for a transvestite, and that leads to two more subjects for ridicule.
 
It does not pay to ask questions - to wonder why the police detectives are so incredibly gullible, or what the two attractive women see in the colorless cabdriver. Just sit back and relax! If you're looking for a laugh and think you can get past the challenge of an English-only performance, then take it from me: this will be your lucky day!
 
 
The Teacher's Corner: Leander Hughes's Students Take a Scientific Approach to Problem Solving
 
In Leander Hughes's Academic Speaking I and II courses, students not only improve their speaking skills, they also learn how to use science to solve common everyday problems.
 
Issues students chose to research during the spring semester included how to get to sleep quickly at night, whether studying in an empty room is more effective than studying in a cluttered one, and how empathetic statements in conversations affect the quality of communication. Students first researched their issues by finding relevant scientific articles on them in English and then discussing what they read with Leander and theirStudent Aram Lee presents her research on empathy to Leander
(Student Aram Lee presents her research on empathy to Leander)
classmates. Through these discussions, students developed theories regarding their problems and how they might be solved. Next, students designed their own mini-experiments to test their theories and solutions. Finally, during the last week of the spring semester, students gave formal presentations on their findings, concluding with some practical advice on how to overcome the problems they had researched.
 
This semester, Leander's academic speaking classes will focus on debate skills. To get an idea of the kinds of research and activities they may be doing, check out the video debate (right) made by Yuji Sugioka, one of Leander's students last year.
 
Leander teaches Academic Speaking II on Mondays from 10:30 to 12:10 and Academic Speaking I on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:30. If you are a student with a TOEIC score of
500 or above and think you might be interested in joining one of Leander's Academic Speaking classes this semester, he welcomes you to come try it out (and if you are a teacher, interested in observing Leander's classes, feel free to contact him by clicking here).

Tuesday, October 26th: The ERC Autumn Harvest & Halloween Gathering

See our Events page for details.

The ERC Opens Tuesday, Oct. 12th!

Come to the ERC for help with English homework or just to chat and relax over coffee and snacks (you can also borrow English books and DVDs for FREE!). Looking forward to seeing you there!

July 2010

ERC Event: A Slideshow of Dolphin's at Mikurajima on July 27th

Check out this event on our events page!

Last Day at the ERC

Friday, July 30th will be our last day at the ERC this semester. We'll open up again on Wednesday, October 13th.

The Teacher's Corner: Jason White's Students Put Truman on Trial

For the first eight weeks of the spring semester, Mr. White's Academic Speaking 2 class was involved in the mock trial of American president Harry Truman for alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes against peace. This grueling exercise brought out the best in the students, who hail from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds. Though slightly intimidated by the magnitude of the task before them, all the students rose to the challenge, each taking a role of an important historical figure connected to the central question of the trial. Five members of the class made up the Tribunal, and one student had the dubious honor of adopting the role of Harry Truman. The remaining members of the class adopted various roles either supporting or condemning the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Watch the following videos, displaying all the students' hard work in three-minute speeches, then try to predict what you think the Tribunal's judgment was!

Videos of Students' Speeches: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

(See current updates)

May 2010

Lunch-in at the Evironmental Engineering Dept.

The Environmental Engineering Department under the guidance of Professor Yasuhiro Hasegawa sponsored a lunch and coffee seminar on Monday, April 26th, 2010 in their multi-purpose room. An English Resourse Center (ERC) representative Stacey Vye highlighted what the ERC provides and how students can use the center to help them improve in English for their future goals (see her PowerPoint presentation). In addition, the new Global Youth program was briefly explained. Following the explanations, Stacey communicated with each student and answered any questions that were
addressed; in English, of course, which led to merriment and laughter. Finally, the CEED would like to thank Professor Hasegawa for organizing this event and encourage other departments to take advantage of our ERC Outreach Seminars. For any queries on this opportunity please contact stacey.vyeATMARKgmail.com

April 2010

The ERC Reborn

Our newly renovated ERC opens for the spring semester on Monday, April 19, 3pm-5pm. Come check it out!

February 2010

Last Day at the ERC

Feb. 5th (Fri) is the last day the ERC will be open this semester. Please return all checked out materials by then. We look forward to seeing students again in April!

 

 

January 2010

Street Children in Nepal

Join us in the ERC on Jan. 29 (Fri) from 3:00 pm for a dynamic presentation by Yusuke Furuya on his work with street children in Nepal.

 

Win 300,000 yen for your English Essay!

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) is holding its annual Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship contest. For 2009-2010, First Prize will be 300,000 yen, Second Prize will be 200,000 yen, and Third Prize will be 100,000 yen. Additional prizes totaling a half million yen may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Any current undergraduate or graduate student in Japan is eligible to apply. This year's topic is NEW MEDIA versus OLD MEDIA: What Japanese Youth Think About The Future of News in Newspapers, TV, and the Internet. Entries must be submitted no later than February 15, 2010. Click here for more information!

 

The Teacher's Corner with Stacey Vye

Stacey Vye went to the warm and sunny Philippines to present her research thanks to two brave ERC students who volunteered for the project. The International conference was entitled, "English Changing: Implications for Policy, Teaching, and Research; ESEA2009," and was held at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines on Friday, November 27th, 2009. Stacey's presentation, "Exploring empowering moments of change in language education" was based on a study where the two students recalled an autonomous language learning moment when they felt they accomplished something by using English. First they visualized the experience metacognitively, then, they retold their event with a partner in turns, dramatized the other person's experience, and afterwards, reflected on their accomplishments. Stacey hoped that if a change occurred, the students' confidence of English came from an inspiration to make sense of the autonomy inviting experience, but the students reported to feel nostalgic about their event and got to know their counterpart and Stacey better. At any rate, Stacey was impressed with the warm hospitality of the Philippine people, however, getting around Manila was dangerous because vehicles on the street didn't necessarily follow the traffic rules, but riding on a motorized, 'tricycle' was a highlight (see photo).

ESEA2009
Stacey Vye Presents her ERC Research
riding on a motorized tricycle

December 2009

ERC Christmas Party

Join us at the ERC on Dec. 18 from 3-5 pm for snacks, beverages, and a variety of live entertainment. See our events page for details!

 

The Teacher's Corner with Jason White

Jason White's academic lecture class this semester is focusing on the theme of musicals in film. Although "Hairspray" and "Grease" were standard musical fare with few surprises, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" really opened the students' eyes to just how far one can take sex, drugs, and rock n roll. (Hint: sometimes too far, as Dr. Frank-n-Furter found out.) Throw in various homages to Hollywood's Golden Age of science fiction, horror, and "scream queen" epics, and you've got a mishmash recipe for cross-dressing, Fay Wray-imitating aliens who really have no other agenda than doing the "Time Warp" again and again. The class is watching the musical in three parts, because Mr. White fears what too much Rocky might do to our precious SaiDai students! In the second installment, Mr. White acquainted everyone with the interaction and audience participation at live shows by bringing in a few props. Rubber gloves? Check! Torch and playing cards? Check! Toast, party hats, confetti, rice, newspaper, and toilet paper? Check! It's just a step to the right to Mr. White's academic lecture class. Come prepared!

Jason White's Film Lecture 2009 (click to enlarge)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show now showing in Jason's classroom

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