Ben Grafström, Akita University
Summary: The presenter teaches an English immersion-style course titled “Journey to the Interior” at Akita University. This presentation introduces the two-pronged approach that he took to the planning and preparation of the course. The first approach he took was to make the English language-course content-based: the course is an in-depth study of the haiku poet Matsuo Bashō’s Oku no hosomichi. The second approach he took was to design class activities that fostered active-learning vis-à-vis a writer’s workshop.
During the presentation the presenter will introduce the course materials that he uses as well as guiding participants through some of the writing exercises that he did with his students. For educators who wish to design similar content-based courses, he will also be discussing some of the successes and obstacles that he discovered.
Bio: Ben Grafström holds a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania and an M.A. in East Asian Language Civilizations (Japanese Literature) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2009 he experienced Matsuo Bashō’s Oku no hosomichi himself by following in the haiku poet’s footsteps and travelling the “narrow road to the interior.” He has been on the faculty of Akita University since 2012.
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 14:00– 16:00
Place: Student Support Center, Akita University.
Room: (Floor 2, Meeting Room)
Cost: JALT Members and students – Free; Non-members – 500 yen