MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone !!!!!!!
Thanks to everyone who came to the ESS & English Department Christmas Party, on Friday, December 19th. It was a lot of fun! We watched some Christmas videos, played some crazy guitar and enjoyed chatting over snacks and soft drinks. We hope even more people will come next year. Thanks especially to Saki, Hitomi, Kazuki, Fumitaka, Hiroyuki, Kenta, Mihiro, Yutaka and Takayuki. And Essy, too, the fluffy Mascot of ESS.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone !!!!!!!
Prof. Therese Burton, from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, visited Tsurumi University during the week of Dec. 13 to Dec. 18. She attended classes and gave a lecture entitled "Anime Fans in Australia." Sugano-sensei has written a detailed account (in Japanese) of Prof. Burton's visit. Please check it out!
Check out the full report with photos!
On Saturday, Dec. 13, Fukaya-sensei held the first [多読入門講座] event for incoming freshman students. About 75 students participated in this very successful introduction to extensive reading. Attendees were able to get their Tsurumi University library cards and begin reading from this day.
Chiyoe Hagihara (left) presented "A comparative analysis of Twitter services at academic and public libraries in Japan".
Saki Kanemaru (right) presented "Investigating the self-assessment system in public libraries concerning the JLA 'Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries' 1979".
Message from Martin Connolly:
Chiyoe and Saki did an outstanding job on Friday, Dec 12th, after many weeks of training how to give academic presentations in English. Some of the main points to remember in giving such a presentation are as follows:
1. The language of a spoken presentation is easier than that used in a written paper. Standing in front of people is a kind of real-time communication, so it is important to keep good eye-contact and make sure that those listening to you understand what you say. Sometimes, therefore, you might need to explain some technical word. You don't need to do that in a written paper!
2. Get and keep your listeners' attention by using pause, and by making sure you have good intonation. Flat intonation will put people to sleep! A presentation is really a kind of performance. It is not simply words.
3. Academic topics can often be very complicated and complex. Your listeners may know that area of study, or they may not. Just in case, then, it is extremely important that you make everything very clear. This often means providing background detail or some history or contextual information. It is essential to present information in a step-by-step way, logically, so that the listeners can move from very little knowledge of some area toward detailed understanding.
4. You should provide a handout. On this, you can give all the small detail, perhaps numbers, dates, tables, and references to sources and books. Your handout can help you very much!
On Friday, Chiyoe and Saki incorporated all of these points into their presentations, making impactful, and even dramatic (!), readings of their research into library sciences. As their teacher of English academic writing and presentations, I was extremely impressed. Well done Chiyoe and Saki!!
The winner of the upperclassman division and the overall winner of the 2014 English Reader Marathon was third year student, Hitomi Toda. The winner of the freshman division was Mayu Jinbo. Congratulations to our top prizewinners and to all the winners and participants of the 2014 English Reader Marathon! A complete list of winners follows, with more photos below.
1st Prize: Hitomi Toda - Many, many words read!
2nd Prize: Rika Mochida - Many, many words read!
3rd Prize: Chiyoe Hagihara - Many, many words read!
4th Prize: Natsuko Miyamoto - Over 210,000 words read!
5th Prize (tie): Mizuki Yago, Kouhei Mita, Shunya Miwa, Kotomi Higuchi - Over 100,000 words read!
9th Prize (tie): Emily Yokoyama, Kaori Nakano, Fumiya Nishinaka - Over 70,000 words read!
10th Prize (Kantou Sho): Rina Nagaoka, Erika Yamamoto, Kazuki Ikematsu, Aisa Doi, Maya Suzuki, Marina Nonaka, Takuma Furuya, Haruka Nakayama
Douryoku Sho: Hiromitsu Tahara, Ryo Sasaki, Mika Hamada
1st Prize: Mayu Jinbo - Over 240,000 words read!
2nd Prize: Mio Nakamura - Over 210,000 words read!
3rd Prize: Fumiya Honda - Over 200,000 words read!
4th Prize: Mina Hongawara - Over 130,000 words read!
5th Prize: Mihiro Ogawa - Over 80,000 words read!
6th Prize: Chiho Sugishita - About 60,000 words read!
7th Prize (tie): Minoru Masui, Mio Endou - About 50,000 words read!
9th Prize: Mizuki Kobayashi - Over 30,000 words read!
10th Prize (tie): Akari Ishiyama, Sayaka Maeda - Over 10,000 words read!
Honorable Mention: Sunao Watanabe, Ryouta Takahara, Yurina Sakurai, Soukichi Tasato, Haruka Satou, Ryouma Morisako