Professor in the English Course at Kyoai University. Graduate of Warren Wilson College (B.A. in English and American Literature) and the University of Hawaii (M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language). Teaching experience includes language school, high school and university.
The first and most important skill I can help my students with is making them power users of the English Language. In order to be active and effective global citizens they will need an excellent command of English as one of their basic skills. With excellent English ability they will be equipped to reach out and gather information, use that information to formulate ideas and opinions and then to disseminate those opinions back into the world knowledge pool as active global citizens. To develop basic language skills I have developed two areas of study: The first, CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) is unique in that students are able to practice all four language skills based on their individual learning needs and abilities. CALL materials are adaptable and classes of various levels of students can be created for maximum benefit to each student. Students can study at their own pace so they may spend as much time as they need on each learning exercise. My second area is Extensive Reading and I love to see students develop an interest in reading and wake up to the enjoyment and thrill of reading in another language. The main goal of ER is to have student “enjoy” reading and this will in turn encourage them to read more and more. They gain not only better reading skills but important life-skills through their extensive reading experiences. My third interest is in the history and development of the English Language starting from the beginnings of Old English and its development into the global language that we have today. The development of English as a language is interesting and students find the study of English more meaningful if they know a little of the language’s history. More importantly, they learn how and why English became the global language of today and this encourages them to work harder to acquire this important tool to be competitive in our modern global society. My fourth and final interest is in Global Issues. I feel that it is a duty of all people to be aware of the problems and issues facing our global society and I strive to help my students gain a good understanding of these issues and make sure they can acquire a good working knowledge of the English needed to take an active role as global citizens in our modern world. In this way I endeavor to equip my students with the ability to be active and effective participants in our global society and good world citizens.
My research interests are varied but they all have a loosely related common goal. I want to help my students become responsible, informed citizens equipping them with the ability to be active and effective participants in our global society. Helping students acquire knowledge and skills that will make them better global citizens is the common theme of my research. To assist my students I have developed expertise in four areas: For language learning, CALL and Extensive Reading, and for language development and knowledge acquisition, Global Issues and the Development of English as a Common World Language.
CALLⅠ～Ⅳ ／ Extensive ReadingⅠ～Ⅳ ／ 英米地域研究Ⅰ・Ⅱ ／ Global IssuesⅠ・Ⅱ ／ 課題演習Ⅰ・Ⅱ ／ 卒業研究 ／ 基礎演習Ⅰ・Ⅱ