Seminar on "Teaching English as a Foreign Language" for High School Teachers Held on December 12th

February 17, 2016

On Saturday, December 12th, 2015, a seminar on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) for high school teachers (Sponsored by TUFS School of Language and Culture Studies and the Relations Office) was held.

Recent trends in TEFL were introduced and classroom ideas based on research conducted at TUFS School of Language and Culture Studies were presented. The purpose of the seminar was to offer high school English language teachers with useful information that could be incorporated in their own English language instruction.

Dr. Mutsumi Inokawa, the coordinator of the English Learning Center (ELC) explained the role and activities of ELC and reported the language learning characteristics observed among undergraduate students using ELC. Then Professor Hideyuki Takashima gave a lecture titled, “A Close Investigation of Lesson Content and Language Activities in the Classroom: From Elementary School to High School.” This was followed by a lively question and answer session. Among the cooperation projects held so far between TUFS and high schools, this was the first opportunity for TUFS to host a seminar targeting the teaching staff in charge of English language education. Almost 40 people participated

Comments from the participants included the following:
―I was able to understand the learning strategies used by English language learners at TUFS.
―I gained a new perspective on TEFL and learned about findings from academic research. It was truly an insightful seminar.”

After the closing of the seminar, TUFS teaching staff and seminar participants had an informal get together. Campus tours led by students from the School of Language and Culture Studies were offered in addition to an explanation of the university by Mr. Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, the Division Chief of the Strategy Support Division.