Short Descriptions of IE Seminars 2008

2008年度 I.E. SEMINARS 授業内容

※ 以下においては、A = Seminar A(週180分、4単位)、B = Seminar B(週90分、2単位)

A~C組用(火曜)
★前期開講
1) TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
-Jackson, D. (A, Tue 2-3)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach English? This seminar introduces you to the theories behind English teaching and provides some practical experience in teaching it as well. The course will include readings and presentations on English teaching and a practice lesson.

2) FAIRY TALES
– Pulaski, J. (B, Tue 3)
This class explores fairy tales, their history, cultural origins, and their modern versions. We will also examine modern interpretations of fairy tales from Freudian, Jungian, feminist, and “politically correct” versions. Class projects will include writing and presenting an original fairy tale.

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3) MYSTERIES OF THE LABYRINTH: PERFORMING HISTORY AND MYTH
– Armstrong, H. (A, Tue 2-3)
There are labyrinths–ancient symbolic and aesthetic mazes–in every culture around the world. What does this old symbol mean? Why is it ubiquitous and how can we understand it today? This seminar will involve study and research into the fables, tales, poetry, art, and symbology of the labyrinth from ancient times till now. Noted Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths and Mary Stewart’s Minotaur will be the texts for the course. Students will use their research skills to find out how to build a large-scale labyrinth and actually construct one for oral reading performances and the recreation of the Greek Minotaur fable.

4) ARTHURIAN LEGEND
– Bundt, Lören (A, Tue 2-3)
This course will trace the legend of King Arthur through its nearly 1,500-year evolution from oral tradition to DVDs. Mini-lectures, paintings, music, film clips, presentations and discussions will be used to investigate the influence of historical events and cultural trends upon the transmission of the story and its various literary, artistic and musical adaptations. As we look at the way succeeding generations have treated the stories handed down to them, an emphasis will be placed upon analyzing the assorted Arthurian tales within their historical context in an attempt to discover what motifs, or themes, and images recur or are introduced in the tales as told by people separated by time and place. T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King” (written during the WW2 and early Cold War era) will be the main text, and small groups will lead the discussion over assigned sections of the novel.

5) RHETORIC, ART, MUSIC, AND PHILOSOPHY
– Ralph, B. (A, Tue 2-3)
This course is an introduction to classical rhetoric as well as its influence on art, music, literature, architecture, dance, and drama. Students will develop their skills in debating, presentation, formal writing as well as learn more about art and music appreciation and western philosophy.

6) THE NARRATIVE FICTION OF AMERICAN TELEVISION
– Riches, D. (A, Tue 2-3)
Serial television dramas are the focus of this seminar. The engaging plots and high suspense of these shows can make a student of English “addicted” to this method of improving language skills. In addition to watching the dramas, students will read transcripts and promotional and critical material about the serials studied in class. Each student will study one serial drama in detail. They will view it in their free time, then make a presentation about it in class. All work will be designed to address the dual goals of this seminar — to improve language skills and to study television serials as works of contemporary fiction.

7) FAIRY TALES
– Pulaski, J. (B, Tue 3)
This class explores fairy tales, their history, cultural origins, and their modern versions. We will also examine modern interpretations of fairy tales from Freudian, Jungian, feminist, and “politically correct” versions. Class projects will include writing and presenting an original fairy tale.

D~F・J組用(金曜)
★前期開講
8) EXPERIMENTS IN THE ART OF TEACHING ENGLISH
– Dias, J.V. (A, Fri 3-4)
This seminar will give you insights into what it means to teach, from assessing the learners’ needs all the way to testing and evaluation. Our classroom will be your laboratory. You’ll learn a bit about second language learning research and teaching theory from a set of carefully selected readings, but the course will emphasize practical approaches and methods. You will be required to use your newly acquired skills to teach sample classes and tutor a student outside of the class as part of a case study.

9) TEACHING JAPANESE CULTURE TO FOREIGNERS
– Martin, J. (B, Fri 4)
This seminar offers students the chance to choose a particular aspect of Japanese culture to teach to foreigners. The topic could be anything from Japanese language to martial arts to Japanese cooking. After examining different lesson plans, students will create their own lessons and present these to the class.

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10) MASS COMMUNICATION AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
– Brooks, S. (A, Fri 3-4)
The main focus of the course is the theory and practice of visual storytelling and mass communication. Through critical viewing activities and discussion, students will learn to become better critical thinkers about the media and its messages. The course will also involve a video production project and learning how to work in the visual media through planning, writing, creating a story board, directing, performing, filming, then editing a piece.

11) A WEB OF WORDS: CONTROVERSY ON THE INERNET
– Dias, J.V. (A, Fri 3-4)
Each week, students will learn how to access different sorts of electronic sources related to a controversial issue of their choice. Sources will include websites, Usenet Newsgroups, mailing lists, online reference works, Internet radio, and text or broadcast news online. Critical evaluation issues unique to the various sources will be explored and a blog (a kind of web diary) will be kept to chronicle the evolution of students’ thoughts. Ultimately, the blog entries will be organized on student-created websites aimed at giving a fair and reasoned presentation of both sides of the issue, while taking a clear stand.

12) LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
– Taniguchi, J. (A, Fri 3-4)
The course asks students to define language and communication and the differences between them. Portions of such films as Nell and Bend It Like Beckham will be discussed. In addition to course readings, students will collect data by doing observations and learn the jargon of the field to be used in a final presentation/report on a problem caused by communication breakdown. The course will include participation in a simulation and the exploration of such issues as conversational distance and communication breakdown.

13) READERS THEATRE
– Yokota, O.O. (A, Fri 3-4)
Readers’ theatre is “minimal theatre” in support of literature and reading. It was developed as an effective technique for presenting literary works in an accessible, dramatic fashion. Voices, facial expressions and gestures are used to interpret characters in scripts and stories. In this seminar students will do dramatic readings of multicultural stories provided by the teacher before adapting their favorite stories through collaborative scriptwriting.

14) TEACHING JAPANESE CULTURE TO FOREIGNERS
– Martin, J. (B, Fri 4)
This seminar offers students the chance to choose a particular aspect of Japanese culture to teach to foreigners. The topic could be anything from Japanese language to martial arts to Japanese cooking. After examining different lesson plans, students will create their own lessons and present these to the class.

G~I組用(木曜)
★前期開講

15) ART HISTORY
– Binder, S. (B, Thu 3)
This is an introduction to art history with a focus on Western painting. The course places art in a historical context and traces the major developments and movements in art from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Students will be given an opportunity to develop visual literacy by analyzing representative paintings from each artistic era and by designing and making an art
project of their own.

16) FILM AND COMMUNICATION
– Strong, G.B. (A, Thurs 3-4)
By exploring scenes from contemporary films, such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Whale Rider,” and “Sixth Sense,” we will examine its dramatic structure and such film genres as the romantic comedy, the coming-of-age story, and the ghost story. In addition, we will examine some technical aspects of film and its history. The course will include dramatic readings of scenes from the scripts, oral and written film criticism, viewing and commenting on scenes from films, and writing and producing an original dramatic scene.

★後期開講
17) MUSIC AS COMMUNICATION
– Basso, R. (A, Thu 3-4)
An in-depth look will be taken of various types of music such as classical, soul, reggae, pop, rock’n roll, folk, and “music of the earth.” The emphasis will be on the themes the environment, discrimination, and women’s rights, as well as on vocabulary, idioms, slang, pronunciation, and such devices as alliteration and assonance, as they appear in song lyrics. Students will give presentations, participate in discussions, and write about culture and music. There will be two major papers on musical genres and a major presentation.

18) PEOPLE AND SOCIETY
– Barat, R. (A, Thu 3-4)
In this course, students will explore how minorities in North America and Europe contribute to the texture of life there and how individuals struggle to maintain their cultural identities while adapting to the mainstream. Religious beliefs, clothing, food, and folk beliefs will all be examined through readings and portions of videos. The course will include journals, discussions, an essay, and a presentation.

19) CLASSICAL AND MODERN MYTHOLOGY: THE IMAGINATION THAT SHAPES OUR WORLD
– Bruce, J. (A, Thu 3-4)
From UFOs to ghosts and cult figures such as Eva Peron, and Elvis Presley, myths are an important part of world culture. This class will examine key Greek myths and terminology as well as those from other cultures including Hinduism, Islam, and Catholicism, and how myths have evolved to influence literature and Western societies. Discussions, readings, and student presentations will be from Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.

20) TRUE NORTH: CANADIAN STUDIES THROUGH LITERATURE, MUSIC, AND DRAMA
– Strong, G.B. (A, Thu 3-4)
Through reading Canadian short stories, poetry, scenes from plays, films, and contemporary song lyrics, we will examine Canadian themes. These include pioneering, bilingualism, multiculturalism, gender issues, the contribution of First Nations people (particularly, the Indians of the Pacific Northwest) as depicted in Canadian stories including “The Hockey Sweater,” and “Dance Me Outside.” Students in this course will take turns leading group discussions, role play scenes from films and plays, and develop a group presentation.

21) ART HISTORY
– Binder, S. (B, Thu 3)
This is an introduction to art history with a focus on Western painting. The course places art in a historical context and traces the major developments and movements in art from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Students will be given an opportunity to develop visual literacy by analyzing representative paintings from each artistic era and by designing and making an art
project of their own.
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About Jodias

J.V. Dias, an American from San Jose, California, is currently the co-coordinator of the Integrated English (IE) Program and a member of the Communications Unit of Aoyama Gakuin University's English Department. In the last few years he has published articles that appeared in two TESOL texts: Dias, J.V., & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In Teaching Listening: Voices From the Field (N. Ashcraft and A. Tran, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 9-31. AND... Dias, J.V. (2009). A Web of Controversy: Bringing Critical Thinking Skills Online. In Adult language learners: Context and innovation (G. Strong and A. Smith, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 97-105.
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