学歴 Academic background
B.A. The University Of Canterbury
M.A. The University Of Canterbury
English SkillsIn this class we learn to develop a variety of academic skills such as, presentations, debating, and negotiations, but also incorporate other important abilities like group discussion, listening, and writing. Most activities in this class are group oriented; students create their own imaginary company, design their own product/service and recruit other classmates. I try to include a creative aspect to the class so the students can let their imaginations go wild. For example, they have to make their own commercial for their new product/service. The class is academically informative but pragmatic, too. The main focus is to help student develop skills they can apply both during their stay at Sophia and, perhaps more importantly, after they graduate.
Cultures of the English-Speaking WorldWe live in a world where human cloning is a real possibility, where AI is taking over various forms of labor, where drugs allow us to feel the way we want to feel, where the very parameters of what it means to be “human” are breaking down. In this class we read some of the most famous science fictions stories ever written and look at several serious social issues from the ethics of science, to the patenting of life and knowledge, to the control and manipulation of time. Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Time Machine are just several of the stories we read in this class. After reading the stories together, we watch the film version and compare and contrast the two, following this up with a group discussion and reaction paper.
English CompositionThe primary aim of English Composition is to arm the students with the basic fundamental tools and skills to organize their ideas in written English. The course begins by reviewing the basic principles of, and differences between, written/spoken and academic/informal English. The main focus is for students to apply these language and organizational skills in a variety of general written English forms, but mainly in (short) essays.
Social ViolenceContrary to the title of this class, there is hardly any violence involved; violence, that is, in the pedestrian sense of the word. Instead, in this class we focus on the violence necessitated by our daily lives. We are constantly inundated by the spectacle of violence. Television and movies blind us with images of war, terrorism, and murder but almost never provides us with an explanation. Time and again we hear of poverty, racism, and sexism but hardly stop to ask ourselves the question of why. In this class students are introduced to the structural and systemic causes of physical and mental violence. The class focuses on several case studies of macro and micro level violence. Students give seminars on individual interests associated with the case studies, discuss the central issues, and write reaction papers.
Bulletin of the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University
No. 50 (2015)
“A Prophetic Voice? Re-reading Oe Kenzaburo’s The Pinch Runner Memorandum in “Post” 3.11 Japan” (pp. 3-27)
神奈川大学：国際経済論集 No. 48 (2014.10)
神奈川大学：国際経済論集 No. 47 (2014.3)
“Writing Against Violence: Oe Kenzaburo and Edward Said” (pp.159-166)
Research Writing in Japan. Senri Ethnological Reports 49: (pp. 17-28) (2004)
“Standards in Literature and Academic Writing: Comments on Literary and Academic Criticism in Japan”
New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol.5 Number 2、December 2003
“Beyond Boundaries: Center and Periphery Discourse in the works of Oe Kenzaburo and Witi Ihimaera”