A Celebration of All Things Basso

Dear Friends of Richard Basso,

You may have heard that our dear friend, and former AGU teacher, Richard Basso passed away last Thursday morning. If you haven’t, I’m sorry to break this news to you. We have planned a special event in his honor:

Richard Basso: A Celebration of Life
Saturday, April 15, 4 PM – 12 Midnight

There will be an informal gathering of the friends of Richard to honor and celebrate his life through joyful conviviality. Bring food, drink and Richard Basso lore to share. The setting for the get-together is an apartment near Shibuya Station that Blair Thomson kindly made available for the occasion. Email Joseph Dias for the address of the venue and a link to video directions.

Former students, colleagues, friends, and casual acquaintances are all welcome. Richard Basso taught AGU students for 36 years, starting in 1978, so he has legions of admirers and those who respect his tireless dedication.

Donations can be offered for Richard Basso’s family to cover his hospital stay and medical expenses, which were considerable.

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A Successful IE Program Teachers’ Orientation

On April Fool’s Day we held the IE Orientation and 24th Annual Faculty Development Symposium on University English Teaching. Approximately forty IE teachers and guests from other departments were in attendance. Presentations included a forum on teachers in publishing, featuring James Broadbridge, Jeff Bruce, and Gregory Strong; presentations on innovative learning systems for mastering pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking fluency (EnglishCentral), and extensive reading (Xreading); a demonstration of an app/ website (Quizlet) for studying vocabulary in an enjoyable, interactive way by Joseph Dias; and a fascinating presentation by Mariko Muro Yokokawa on English Sketches and Role Play that provide a window into intercultural insights and understanding. CLICK HERE to see an album of photos taken on the day of the IE Orientation.

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IE Program Teachers’ Orientation 2017

Here is the Word file with the full schedule of the IE Orientation and 24th Annual Faculty Development Symposium on University English Teaching.

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Schedule for 2017 Academic Year

Click on the thumbnail of the Schedule for the 2017 Academic Year for a larger and clearer view. Also, you can find a version of the schedule in English that clearly states which holidays are normal working days and which are genuine holidays at: http://web.iec.aoyama.ac.jp/english/student_life/pdf/aca_calendar_2017_2018_1208.pdf.

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From this semester (Spring 2016) all students in all three levels of IE Writing will be required to upload the final drafts of their essays to a “Database of Student Writing.”

In the second semester, students in Academic Writing will also have to upload the final draft of their essay to the database.

This handout gives detailed instructions on how to do it.

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Calendar for 2016 Academic Year

Click on the image below for an English version of the calendar. [Note that April 7th is mislabeled as “Wednesday,” when it is actually Thursday.]

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Teachers Introduce the IE Program’s Plagiarism Policy

These are instructors who teach for the English Department at Aoyama Gakuin University announcing the plagiarism policy of the Integrated English Program.

You can read the complete plagiarism policy by clicking HERE.

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23rd Annual IE Program Orientation for Teachers

We look forward to an energizing, mind-expanding, and enjoyable IE Orientation for teachers on Saturday morning. Below you will find the program. If you click on it, you will be able to download the notes describing each of the presentations.


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New Version of Academic Writing Book

In Academic Writing we have transitioned from using MLA style to APA. This is the newest version of the textbook that will be used in all of the Academic Writing classes: Academic Writing Textbook.

The book will not be printed for students so there is nothing for them to purchase. They should use the PDF of the textbook.


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Welcome to the Open Campus

We hold our Open Campus so that prospective students–and their parents or other family members–can get the “flavor” of Aoyama Gakuin University. Our hope is that you will enjoy it to the fullest and tell others about your experiences here.


Discussion during an open lecture on “human trafficking” for IE students and teachers

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