教員メッセーシ

グローバルビジネス学部 ビジネスデザイン学科

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To awaken sleeping English language “communication” skills [2018年08月01日(水)]

   Easy access to information, the great mobility of modern Japanese and finally, the highly anticipated, soon coming Olympic Games have been for a long time changing the status of English in this country. グローバル化 and 国際化 are two of the most popular words in this country right now. Japanese people need and want to communicate internationally; however, the majority of college freshmen in Japan lack the ability to engage in spontaneous English speech, even when they have all necessary grammatical competence to do so. The goal of any communication is to reach a mutual understanding between participants. Unfortunately, an average Japanese high school does not always provide sufficient means for students to engage into spontaneous English discourse. The most of the curriculum in Japanese high schools is grammar-based. English lessons are usually held in the Japanese. Teachers rarely use English as means of communication between teacher and students, their instruction methods are teacher-centered and entrance exam oriented. As a result, students know how to spell difficult words, they pass college entrance examinations based on advance grammar tests, but they can`t understand basic requests nor answer basic questions in English in real life practical situations.

   I believe in learner-centered education. In my classes students are expected to think critically and talk every time they come in. Students are immersed in a fun, creative, but at the same time practical context, their learning becomes meaningful, and it motivates them to use the language naturally. My role as an English language instructor is not to break the cultural restrains of Japanese communication style, but rather to allow my students to rediscover new ideal selves, to awaken their sleeping English language “communication” skills. I help them create a bridge between written and spoken language. I enhance my students’ ways of observing, responding to, and representing the world. My teaching emphasizes interpreting and communicating ideas. Vocabulary and grammar are revised and recycled on regular basis through interactive online games, but fluency is always more important than accuracy. At the end, students finally learn not only how to pass a new test, but also how to communicate.