We hope that this posting finds you all safe and well. You have probably been wondering about the status of the IE Teachers’ Orientation (which had been scheduled for April 4th), and the start of AGU’s academic year (originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th).
Many of our adjunct lecturers teach at other schools and universities and may have already been notified about delays in the commencement of the academic year. Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has taken some time for AGU to decide whether or not to postpone it.
I’m pleased to announce that a decision has finally been made. First semester classes will start on April 21st. The term will last 13 weeks instead of the usual 15 weeks.
The plan is to have actual face-to-face classes from April 21st, but teachers should make content available to their students online and be prepared to hold classes online as well should that become necessary. Teachers who wish to conduct their classes online will be able to do so.
Our Joho Media Center has been working hard to try to decide on the best online tools for our needs. Yesterday it was announced that they concluded a contract with Cisco for the use, by all faculty and students, of Webex. It can be used over the Web and the WebEx Mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The plan is to somehow integrate the use of Webex with CoursePower, the LMS (Learner Management System) that the university has made available to us for years, but which few of us have ever touched.
Therefore, not only students, but teachers as well, will be learning new things in novel and, hopefully, wonderful ways.
Here is the schedule for the 2019 IE Program Orientation for Teachers and 26th Annual Faculty Development Symposium on University English Teaching.
We welcome you to the 2019 academic year! Wishing students and teachers an adventurous, enjoyable, and productive year!
This month marks the successful close of the 25th year of the IE Program. We wish this year’s graduates all the best in their future endeavors.
Here’s the schedule for the 2019 Academic year. Click on the image to view the PDF:
An English version of the academic calendar can be found at: http://aoyama-iec.sakura.ne.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/ukeire_Academic_Calendar_2019-20-1.pdf .
Make the most of your time at AGU and try to develop an interest in something that requires–or can be enhanced by–the use of English. Even better, make the most of being where you are and explore ways of contributing to the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and Olympics in 2020. Amazing international events right at your doorstep!
by Brant Hardgrave (former teacher in the IE Program — taught for 9 years)
Welcome to the best program in Japan. I know you think everyone else has great English, is super cool, calm and better than you. Do not worry about it. This is just the outside image. Everyone is afraid of not being the best. Just remember that you have managed to get into one of the best universities in Japan and that Japan is a leading nation. Compare yourself to a farming woman from Mali, to a motor mechanic in Yemen, to an unemployed girl in Bolivia. You are one of the luckiest people in the world. Now enjoy your university life.
by Rachael Barat (former teacher in the program now teaching at a university in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
If you follow the program, listen to the feedback of your professors, and write and rewrite over and over again it is really possible to learn to write English well, especially given the strong background in English that most of the students in the English Department have. I believe that it is indeed possible to learn how to write well using the methods outlined in the IE program.
by Mariko Yokokawa (former Writing instructor in the IE Program)
This is the 25th anniversary of the Integrated English Program. We’d like to thank all of the teachers and students who have been part of the program through the years and helped to make it one of the best EAP (English for Academic Purposes) programs in Japan.
Will be hold the IE Teachers’ Orientation and 25th Annual Faculty Development Symposium on University English Teaching on the 31st of March. Click on the image (below) to view a PDF with the full details. Click here for the file in MS Word format.
Photos taken at the IE Orientation can be seen at http://www.aogaku-daku.org/the-ie-orientation-2018-25th-year-anniversary-edition/.