Articles

As part of my work as a university professor, I have published articles on topics related to language and language teaching. My interests range from etymology to comics to technology in language education.

I have also worked as an editor for  The Language Teacher and assistant editor for JALT Conference Proceedings (2005 & 2006), and CamTESOL Selected Papers

 

THE ELP: J. F. OBERLIN UNIVERSITY’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

基盤教育院 英語プログラム・ディレクター Simon Hunter
東京医科歯科大学 教養部 Ted O’Neill

Introduction

The ELP (English Language Program) at J. F. Oberlin University is a long-running and highly successful language program. As part of the Department of Foreign Languages, and the College of Cornerstone Education, the ELP’s mission is to provide English language education to all undergraduate students on campus.

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Writing for your readers: Tools and approaches. July/August, 2012. The Language Teacher. Vol 36, No. 4. p.32-34.

Abstract: As teachers, we adjust our language to meet our students’ needs, but these choices can sometimes be based on flawed intuitions. In planning a lesson, we intentionally include or exclude forms or vocabulary to support learning goals. But once in the classroom, even the most experienced teacher’s ad hoc judgments can be wrong. Learners’ immediate responses should provide feedback, but this loop is broken when writing for learners; we do not have direct access to their understanding. Therefore, external checks on our linguistic choices become helpful. This workshop will demonstrate real world examples of using of corpora, text analysis tools, and other resources to analyze language. Participants will try tasks to see how these can be used to inform decisions when writing graded language. Teachers will leave better informed about the linguistic content of graded readers and with practices they can apply to their own writing and teaching.

教師は学生のニーズに合わせて自分の使う言葉を調節するが、時に不完 全な直感に基づいた選択をすることもある。授業準備の際は、学習目標 に沿って、表現形式や語彙を意図的に取り入れたり省いたりする。しかし 授業中は、最も経験豊かな教師の臨機応変な判断でも間違いを起こす こ と が あ る 。学 習 者 の 直 接 の 反 応 は 教 師 に と っ て フ ィ ー ド バ ッ ク に な る が、学習者のために執筆しているときには、この呼応が成り立たない。読 者 が 理 解 し て い る か ど う か は 、直 接 情 報 が 得 ら れ な い か ら で あ る 。そ の ため、使用言語をどう選ぶかについては、外部の判断材料が役に立つ。 このワークショップでは、言語分析のためにコーパス、テキスト分析ツー ルや、ほかのリソースなどの実例を提示する。参加者には、これらのリソ ースを英語学習者向けの言語で書く際にどう使うか理解してもらうため に、タスクを試してもらう。 このワークショップで、教師は英語学習者の ために易しく書かれた本の言語的内容について、より良い情報を得るこ とができるし、練習を積むことで、自分で書いたり教えたりするのに応用 できるようになる。

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Uses and Representations of Foreign Language in Storytelling: Oze Akira’s Kuroudo. ストーリーてリングにおける外国語の使用と描写の役割:「蔵人」(尾瀬あきら. March, 2010. 桜美林大学論考「言語文化研究」創刊号. The Journal of J. F. Oberlin University Studies in Language and Culture, The First Issue. p. 73-87.

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Current themes and progress in SD and FD in the ELP at J. F. Oberlin University. March, 2009. J. F. Oberlin University Faculty Development Center Annual Report. 大学教育開発センター. 第一号. p. 53-58.

Implementing a Knowledge Sharing Network Within the Obirin English Language Program. March, 2007. Obirin Studies in English Language and Literature. Vol.47, p. 107-118.

Book review-Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom, Stephen Cary. June, 2006. TESL-EJ: Teaching English as a Second of Foreign Language. Vol.10, No. 1.

TESLing Abroad: A Learning Experience. March, 2007. TESL-EJ: Teaching English as a Second of Foreign Language. Vol. 10, No. 4.

Teaching and teacher development in Cambodia
This winter, like the past two years, I finished up preparations for my presentation and packed by bags to attend the Cambodia TESOL Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia [http://www.camtesol.org]. When I tell friends or colleagues about my plans they ask, “Why are you going to Cambodia? To see Angkor Wat?” Or, just ask “There is a teaching conference in Cambodia?” in an unbelieving tone. In fact, CamTESOL is a …

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A Comparative Study of Two Methods on Building Reading Fluency in EFL: Repeated Reading vs Extensive Reading. June, 2004. Language, Education & Technology. Vol.41, p. 179-198.

Adapting Commercial Entertainment Software to Effective Classroom Use for EFL Education. March, 1999. Journal of Educational Systems and Technologies, Audiovisual Center of Chukyo University, Vol.8, 57-60.

Loanwords with Interest: A Discussion of Some English Borrowings from Japanese. March, 1998. Chukyo University Department of Literature Journal,Vol.32, 207-227.

Reading the Internet: Using the Internet as Part of an Integrated Four Skills English as a Foreign Language Course. March, 1997. Journal of Educational Systems and Technologies, Audiovisual Center of Chukyo University, Vol.6, 11-17.

 

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