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2022 Presentation of Theses

Our presentations were held on February 2, 2022. Below are the titles of the presentations and simple notes on the content. Please note that these simple notes do not constitute a summary. Effectiveness of CLIL in Japanese Elementary School (Shinya Abe) Mr. Abe collected 34 lesson plans and analyzed them from the perspective of CLIL. He provided suggestions about the kinds of lessons in which CLIL can be applied. Positive Experiences for Enhancement of L2 Ideal Self (Saki Onodera) Ms. Onodera analyzed what kind of experiences helped students develop their L2 Ideal Self images. She found that influential inside-the class-experiences were meeting an ALT and influential out-of-class experiences were achieving […]

2021 Presentation of Theses

The Class of 2020-2021 Graduate Thesis Presentations were held on February 5th, 2021. There were a total of 26 speakers, which was likely one of the largest group of speakers we have had! This year, all the students handouts were given online. The title of the presentations and order of speakers is below. The original program has been removed. Listeners could also give comments and ask questions on this page. These comments can be seen below. Video of Presentations Program Yurina Chiba (13:05 – 13:12) Sarina Chiba (14:35 – 14:42) Kota Abe (16:05 – 16:12) BREAK Tsubasa Ito (13:15 – 13:22) BREAK Koga Suzuki (16:25 – 16:32) Tomoyuki Takahashi (13:25 […]

2020 Graduate Thesis Presentations

A Study of Early English Education Ms. Sayane Ishikawa Early English education means English learning before junior high school. She researched the impact that English conversation schools had on children’s English learning. First she discussed the merits of English for young learners. Those who studied English as young learners had higher motivation, higher grades in reading and writing, as well as more confidence. She also researched whether or not people agreed with early English education. 77.5% of the people agreed with early English education. Sayane thought that early English education was effective because of exposure as well as the conducting of a TBLT. A Comparison of Elementary and Junior High […]

January, 2020: How much English do you need to study at NCC (Koga S.)

A Possible Worst-case Scenario of Studying Abroad               Hello, guys. Today’s topic is “How much English you need to have before studying abroad”.  You can’t avoid getting ahead of yourself and stumbling your way through studying abroad unless your English is up to the required standard already. That being said, please do not drink Kool-Aid as this is just my two cents. It’s a no-brainer that you guys have the final say in the first place. I recommend you to take my opinion with a grain of salt that you can get to the heart of the matter and cut it in many different ways by yourself, which is the […]

September, 2019: Low hanging fruits and Deep Dives (Koga S.)

Koga Suzuki               It’s been a month and a half since I came here at North Central College. In this report, let me share a couple of reasons why I decided to come here and some experiences so far.               I’m quite sure some of you guys have a hunch that my English is hands down up to snuff already. However, I’ll come clean and admit that actually I was just scratching the surface before I came here. In other words, I was studying for the sake of studying with no clear goals. I used to utilize online conversation lesson when I was in Japan because I could ensure to […]

NCC Lives 7: Finishing NCC

I spent  almost eight months at North Central College for and I could understand how NCC life was and how the culture is different from that of Japan.  In this paper, I would like to talk about why I want to recommend North Central College for study abroad. First, the classroom is well-organized. There are so many classes that accommodate a very tiny number of students from ten to twenty students. In these classes, students are active on discussing. In my education class, for example, we were not only talking about how we would teach English to students, but also, we demonstrated how to teach in front of the audience. […]

NCC Lives 6: Tomoyuki’s English Skills

              In this report, I want to talk about how my English skill has improved while spending time in America.               First, it is very embarrassing to tell this fact, but I could not pronounce “volleyball” and “wallet.” In winter-term, I am taking a volleyball course. My friends asked me what classes I am taking for this term. As I tried to answer, my friends always asked me again because they could not understand what I was telling them. Besides, I did not know how to pronounce the “L” sound. There is one story: last year, I lost my wallet at Starbucks in downtown Naperville. When I realized it, I […]

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