August 10, 2009

October Meeting on Sunday the 4th

Clear your calendars for out October 4th All Day Mini-Conference.

Sunday, 4 Oct 9:30-17:00; Tsukuba Gakuin University (Meeting Room 1 & 2), Tsukuba; Non-members \500.

In the morning session:

“An Inconvenience Truth about Interlanguage”
(Note that the title is not a typo - but reflects the content of the presentation.)

Charles Kowalski

As every English teacher in Japan knows, Japanese-influenced English, or “interlanguage”, can lead learners to produce sentences that are (a) unintentionally comical, (b) very different from the intended meaning, (c) completely incomprehensible, or (d) all of the above. This presentation will focus on cross-linguistic studies to explain certain often-confused areas, such as the use of possessives in English, and the confusion of abstract nouns and adjectives that gives us “safety drivers”. It will include classroom activities to help clear up the confusion resulting from Japanese influence, and steps learners can take towards the ultimate goal of being able to think in English.

Charles Kowalski teaches English and directs the Japanese/English interpretation program at Tokai University in Kanagawa. He has presented extensively throughout Asia, and has twice received the “Best of JALT Award”.

There is a long break for lunch between the morning and afternoon session. This provides a pleasant chance to stretch your legs and a good opportunity for exchange and conversation.

In the afternoon session:
a. Title: Chinese Psychological Counseling (English)
This presenter is Sun Ming Lin (or you can call her Crystal). She is from Changchun in China. She majored in Social Psychology and also learned Business Administration. After graduating from Jilin University, she worked for two years with statistical data and as an office assistant. Then, she came to Japan and to Ibaraki University where she is furthering her studies at the Master's level in Social Psychology. After graduation, she wants to continue to study at the doctoral level. Crystal’s presentation will be about the status of Chinese Psychological Counseling. She will describe the institutional features and methodology utilized to council patients suffering from various psychological problems.

b. Title: Wordsworth’s Poem “Expostulation and Reply” (English)
Maria (Liu Mao) is a graduate student at Ibaraki University. She is from Mongolia, China. After graduating from the Inner Mongolian Universities for the Nationalities with a degree in English, she came to Japan to get a Master’s degree in English literature. Now, she is studying the poems of William Wordsworth, an English romantic poet. In the future, Maria hopes to go to an English-speaking country to learn more about English. Maria’s presentation will be about one of Wordsworth’s poems she has encountered during her literature studies. She will explore the form, content and unique qualities of this well-known poem.

c. Title: Vocabulary and Motivation (English)
Keiko Iwasaki comes from Nagano. She graduated from Ibaraki University this spring and is now a graduate student of Ibaraki University. She majored in English Education as L2 and got her license as an English teacher for high school. For that reason, she wants to become a high school teacher in the future.
The presenter will discuss the theme of her undergraduate thesis as a basis for her master’s thesis. She is interested in students’ motivation and the vocabulary knowledge of university students. She believes that there is a relationship between students’ motivation and vocabulary knowledge and will explore the theme of her undergraduate thesis with a view to deepening her research.

d. Good Communication Skills in Language Learning (English)
Lily (Li Wei) is from Harbin,China and she majored in English Education and English Literature at Harbin Normal University. After graduation from university, she took a job related to English teaching, but found it was necessary for her to conduct further studies at the Master’s level after working for four years. After moving to Ibaraki Prefecture, she was happy to meet Professor Cunningham and have a chance to learn with her. At present, as Professor Cunningham’s researcher, she is preparing for studies at the Master’s level in Intercultural Communication. Through further study she will make full use of this expertise in her research and work.
Depending on the learner`s experiences in language learning—English learning or Japanese learning—the presenter will describe the importance of good communication skills. In today’s world we need to be able to communicate effectively with all cultures. It is important to understand the different ways cultures are comfortable communicating. Lily believes this will help not only in our language learning and communication, but also in our work.

e. Title: The Differences of the Finance System Between China and Japan (English)
Liang Yueli is from Liao Ning China and her major is finance. After graduating from China Dongbei University of Finance & Economics, she came to Japan to study Japanese. She lived in Tokyo for one and a half years to study Japanese. Then, she came to Ibaraki University to further her studies as a research student of Finance Management. After graduating, Liang Yueli will return to China and teach finance at her university. The presenter will compare the differences in the financial system in China and Japan. She will discuss the structural features of each system and describe the major differences in theory and application.

Each presenter will speak for about 20 minutes and answer questions at the end of their presentation. After the presentations there will be a lottery to give away some books.

20 minutes = speaking
3 minutes = Q & A

Sun 4 Oct 9:30-17:00; Tsukuba Gakuin University (Meeting Room 1 & 2), Tsukuba; Non-members \500.

***** How To Get There *****

Tsukuba Gakuin University, Tsukuba
Tel: 0298-58-4811

Tsukuba Gakuin University (formerly Tokyo Kasei Gakuin Tsukuba Women's
University) is located in Tsukuba, right across from the Information
and Library Science Department of Tsukuba University (formerly
the Univesity of Library and Information Science (ULIS)).

If you are coming by car, head for the Seibu/Jusco and Qu'te shopping centre
(and our new Tsukuba Express train station) and along the Gakuen Chuo-Odori.
Turn off then into the road which leads to the Seibu/Jusco multi-storey car
park. Go across the traffic lights, and follow this road which goes round to
the right and then the left. The sand-coloured buildings you see on your
right after about five hundred metres are Tsukuba Galkuin University.
(Now, you will see a tall apartment building just before our university.)
Free parking is available on campus.

If you are coming by train and bus, from Tsuchiura station, take
the Kanto Tetsudo (blue and grey) bus from bay 2 for 'Daigaku Chuo'.
It takes about 25 minutes to the 'Tsukuba Gakuin Daigaku' stop,
from which it is less than one minute walk to the

From Tokyo, you can take Tsukuba Express train from Akihabara to Tsukuba
(about 45 minutes). From Tsukuba station, exit from "Kitaguchi" toward
Tsukuba University. It is about ten minute walk to the University.

From Mito, you can take the Kanto Tetsudo bus for 'Tsukuba Centre',
which leaves from North Entrance Bay 6 and takes about 1 hour and
40 minutes. From Tsukuba Centre it is about ten minutes walk to
the University.