ERC facilitators Stacey Vye, Leander Hughes and Adriana Edwards Wurzinger introduce the ERC and related CEED courses that can help students build their English skills to prepare for studying abroad and life as a global citizen. Please note that the curriculum and registration policies may have changed since this video was made, so please check the current guidelines for the most up-to-date information. Also, please feel free to contact the facilitators for more information.
Helene Yim is a teacher whose love of language, art, and design has led her to develop a course called English for Art and Design.* In this course, learners put words to things which are primarily visual. The first part of the course is formal and begins with readings and the study of words that relate to lines, shapes, and 3D forms. Color is then explored to describe optical experiences. The second part of the course offers a glimpse into Greek mythology and the Christian religion, whose narrative traditions became the starting point for an astounding array of artistic expression. Lecture topics include prehistoric linear animal forms, Keith Haring’s outline shapes and gesture lines, the Bauhaus School, Impressionism vs. Expressionism, the fulfillment of promise in Greek mythology, and the concept of Passion in Christianity. Students will have weekly reading and writing assignments and give a presentation at the end of each semester.
Helene has been a part-time instructor at Saitama University for over ten years. She also translates documents into English for an American company in Tokyo. Before coming to Japan, Helene worked as a graphic designer in New York City. She was born in Boston and grew up in New Jersey in the United States.
*To find the course, go to the Saitama University syllabus and type "Yim" in the "教員名検索" box and "ESP" in the "キーワード検索" box.
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!).
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!
More recently, programming games in Scratch has also become an option. My student Yushin has allowed me to share a game he made using Scratch which is featured below. Click it to play, 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.
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!
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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!
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!
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!