NCC Lives 2: The beginning of the semester for Tomoyuki!

Two months have passed since I came to North Central College. At first, I felt anxiety so much because I did not have enough confidence in my English skills. But now, I am enjoying learning at NCC. I take English class, writing class, teaching ESL, which is bilingual education class and badminton class. For me, writing class is the most difficult. There are only two international students and the class is for the United State students who want to study their first language more. In this class, I am learning how to write academically and how to analyze. I have just written about how the homeless by using logos, ethos […]

NCC Lives 1: Going to Language School (Tomoyuki)

After the first month, I want to introduce how my language school life was. I arrived at Chicago on August 9th in the evening and my NCC life have started on next day. On the first day, we walked around the campus to grasp the location of each faculty. From August 13th, our classes had started. In the morning, we had two classes, one was English class, and another was culture class. In the English class, we were divided into two groups and there were 6 members, Germany, Chinese, Argentina, and Japanese. We studied grammar, listened to TED talks, and learned how to write essays academically. For grammar, we studied […]

2018 Graduate Thesis Presentations

Below is a summary of each of the 2018 English Department undergraduate thesis presentations:     A Study of the Effective Way to Acquire English Vocabulary Based on Learners’ Perspective Chiaki Arakawa Her motivation for choosing this topic was based on her own experience of needing an effective method to learn words and her experience teaching at cram schools trying to recommend ways of vocabulary learning to students. Chiaki conducted an experiment on two groups. One group studied words the conventional way, Japanese and English word list, the other group studied words where parts were underlined to help learners become aware of a word feature. She found this kind of […]

2017 Graduate and Undergraduate Thesis Presentations

On January 25, 2017, we had graduate and undergraduate thesis presentations from 13:00 – 17:30. Every single presenter made a great effort to present their research in a short period of time and in an engaging way. A summary of the presentations is below. Graduate School Presentations Ayano Tanaka, Are Communication Eigo I Textbooks Compatible with a Content and Language Integrated Approach? (In English) Summary: Education reform in Japan incorporates active learning which is compatible with CLIL. CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. CLIL is based on the 4Cs, content, communication, community, and cognition. One issue with CLIL is that it requires a CEFR B1 level but most […]

Graduate Thesis Presentations on February 10, 2016

On the afternoon of February 10, we enjoyed 5 hours of graduate and undergraduate thesis presentations. All the students put such a great effort into their presentations, that the day really did not feel long. Below, I have written to the best of my ability, a brief summary of each of the presentations. The variety of topics shows that range of interests of the English Department members. https://youtu.be/qlRgNzLimcw Graduate School Aurore Nesme, Content Based Language Teaching at Super Science High Schools (English) Aurore argues that Content Based Language Teaching is ideal for Super Science High Schools in Japan. She investigated whether or not CBLT is compatible with High School English […]

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