2000 to Present
Niigata University of International and Information Studies
Academic Coordinator for the school’s Communicative English Program (CEP). Duties include all areas of administration and program management. Responsible for hiring and training EFL teachers, organizing staff meetings, teaching EFL classes, conducting seminars, and maintaining up-to-date research on curriculum design and materials development. Also coordinator of the American Overseas Study Program.
1997 to 2000
Assistant Professor (Full-Time)
Nagaoka National College of Technology
Taught General English courses to EST students. Developed a 30 million word corpus for the English Department. Designed an English for Academic Purposes Course based upon a Lexical, Data-Driven Approach. Designed and managed a school-wide English oral testing program. Responsibilities included managing and scheduling classes for the part-time foreign lecturers, proctoring tests, participating in departmental meetings, as well as assisting in the development and grading of the school’s entrance examination. Also supervised the school’s annual English speech contest.
Connecting people and transcending physical, emotional and ideological boundaries.
I work with Japanese university students who return from a semester long overseas study program. Their English language ability is quite good and they are keen to make a contribution to the world. In our seminar class, we are working to both review and translate TED Talks. Students use their English skills to help bring the best of TED to Japanese who need language support. My students are excited about making a contribution to the world, and I think this is an idea that is worth spreading.
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