This year is the 20th anniversary of the existence of the IE Program. It brings many changes, the foremost being the move of our freshmen and sophomore students to the Aoyama Campus. Although it may make for a somewhat population dense campus, with the additional students and teachers rubbing shoulders on one campus, a higher degree of vitality and positive synergy can be achieved. We also have the wealth of resources that Shibuya, and Tokyo in general, have to offer. From the standpoint of learning English, Shibuya–with its 9669 foreign residents (as of January of this year)–allows our students wider exposure to English than the more secluded and suburban Fuchinobe. Multilingual and multicultural entertainment, volunteer, community, and sporting opportunities abound. Please bookmark this Web site, which introduces students and teachers to engaging local events where English and other languages are spoken: http://www.agu4u.org.
Our IE Orientation for teachers this year will take place on the 8th floor of the new Building 17 from 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 6th. Teachers may download the full schedule, map, and descriptions of presentations. We will first meet in room 17-810. We look forward to an exciting and motivating event. Many thanks to the teachers who are taking their precious time to participate and those who generously offered to share their knowledge and expertise.