Tuesday, June 27th marked the 6th Annual English Skit and Performance Contest for 2nd year students in Oral Communications III of the British and American Studies Department at Chukyo University. All students involved in the mainstream Oral Communication III classes participated. The event took place in the theater in Room 0304 of the Center Building during 3rd and 4th periods. The directors and organizers were Terry Wacholtz and Allen Williams. The performances were also attended by other students from the department as well as some instructors.
The emphasis for this year’s skits was to take a well-known story and mix a character or storyline from another well-known story or adapt a significant change to the standard tale. All skits were 100% original works. This year saw performances which included classics from the likes of the “3 Little Pigs and the Lonely Wolf” to “Peach and the Beast”, a mixture of “Momotaro” and “Beauty and the Beast”. There were also stories such as “The New Titanic on a Bus” and “The 3 Little Wolves and the Bad Pig”.
For each of the time periods 1st and 2nd Place Team winners were chosen by student voting with Mr. Wacholtz and Mr. Williams determining the Spirit Awards presented to outstanding performers, sort of a 6th Man Award for key role players.
A special thanks to the BACS Department and Professor Chris Armstrong for their continued support for this event and the contributions for the prizes.
3rd Period Winners
1st place group: “New Titanic on the Bus”
2nd Place: “Twisted Peter Pan”
Spirit Awards 3rd Period
Megumi Hoshi for the Role of Grandpa in “Whisper of the Heart”
Kohei Akao for the Role of Woodsman in “Moon Princess”
4th Period Winners
1st Place Group: “The Woodman & the Golden Axe”
2nd Place Group: “Snow White and Hanako”
Spirit Awards 4th Period
Ryunosuke Kakehashi for the Role of Moon Princess in “Moon Princess”
Ayumi Natsume for the Role of Detective in “Detective Konan”
During the fall intensive course period, from February 1st to 7th, a group of BACS students entered the exciting world of sound recording and Internet radio. English Project Workshop 4, Radio for the 21st century, was taught by Montreal-based educator and communications specialist Iain Cook.
The class offered an introduction to sound and techniques of sound recording, including using microphones and editing sound as well as hands-on sound assignments and radio production projects.
The students created two radio programs for the newly renovated BACS Radio homepage. “Working Overseas” was produced by Yuko, Yuto, Ayaka, Kaho, Miyuki and Shuya and features an interview with Chika Oshima, a BACS student who worked in Auckland, New Zealand for a year. The show also includes an interview with Professor Cook about his experience as a musician and teacher in Canada, and his impressions of working in Japan.
“Chukyo Success,” produced by Kanami, Yuki, Rikki, Fuyu and Takamaru, features an interview with BACS student Hirotaka Nishimura, who along with his partner Yumi Kurobe, placed in the top 50 among a field of 700 students at this year’s All-Japan English Presentation Contest.
Iain Cook is a former professor in the Department of Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, who is now working as a communications officer for the Cree Health Board in northern Quebec. Iain’s love of music and radio go way back to his student days at King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Iain fronted the punk band Fail-Safe, which released a self-titled album in 1987. He hosted a CKUT (McGill University community radio) program for more than a decade. Iain has taught a number of talented students who have gone on to successfull careers. Most famous among them is Régine Chassagne (Concordia University BA 1998), a founding member of Montreal’s Arcade Fire. Read more about Régine and Iain here.
Iain will return to Chukyo next year to teach Radio in the 21st Century here in BACS.
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Third-year students in Professor Karen Yasuda’s English Project Workshop class gave model teaching lessons on December 6th, 13th and 20th during the fall semester 2016.
The lessons were part of English for Communicative Language Teaching, which prepares students for careers as teachers.
The class spent a number of weeks discussing English teaching and various approaches, and then four groups were formed. Each group decided on their own teaching topic, and a leader was chosen who was responsible for reporting to the instructor with progress reports and questions. Each group also wrote a project proposal, and then created lesson plans to allocate teaching responsibilities.
The model classes included lessons on Photography: The Effect of Colors, Beverages, Functions of the Brain and The Influences of Mass Media.
Professor Yasuda said that “The groups pretty much worked on their own and often asked [me] about their topic and presentation.”
The groups presented their topics using some of the strategies they had learned in class, and all shared teaching responsibilities. After the presentations, there were feedback sessions where students talked about their teaching experience and ways they could improve their teaching skills.
English Project Workshop 2: English for Communicative Language Teaching is part of BACS’ Professional English Program. Read more about it here ( English | 日本語 )
Each year, BACS recognizes excellence in writing by awarding prizes to the best work in 1st and 2nd year Academic Writing classes. Students in both years are required to keep a portfolio of writing. These writings tasks—themed paragraph writing, book reports, research and opinion essays, and other kinds of writing—are produced in all Language Program courses (Oral Communication, Reading, Presentation and Computer classes) and submitted to the Academic Writing teachers as part of the course assessment. Work is also added from the Academic Writing class. At the end of the year, 1st and 2nd year writing teachers meet to decide the the Best Essay, the Best Portfolio and the Most Improved Writer.
BACS is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Writing Portfolio Awards. We would like to extend a warm thank-you to all teachers who worked with students on their writing this year. Names and winning essays are published in BACS’ English Society journal.
1st Year Writing Awards
Most Improved Writer:
Megumi Hoshi for “The Prevention and Treatment of Pollinosis”
2nd Year Writing Awards
Most Improved Writer:
Hina Ono for “Reasons for the Low Percentage of Single-Parent Students Enrolling in University”
Yuma Suzuki, who was away in the US for one year, was awarded her prize for Best Essay for 2015.
On Wednesday, January 18th, students in English Project Workshop 1: Drama Performance presented three short comedy skits under the direction of John Lenihan.
“Tom, Emily, Marian and Max” takes place in Tokyo as two couples meet in Disneyland. It starred Mihori, Rina, Yumi and Yuko.
“Gerry Thatcher’s Party” follows Horace, who tries unsuccessfully to ask out a lady guest at the party, and starred Sehina, Erika, Mayu, Yuki, and Keiko and.
Set in Rome and starring Sehina, Yuko, Moe and Eriko, “Giovanni’s Cafe” features lovers on their second honeymoon and the chance meeting of an old girlfriend and a mysterious waiter.
“Gerry Thatcher’s Party” and “Giovanni’s Cafe” were reprised by another cast of actors. Chisato, Jyune, Marina and Kanami starred “Party”; Rina, Yumi, Mihori, and Kazuki in “Cafe.” The reprised “Givanni’s Cafe” featured a delightful song and dance number by Yumi and Rina.
The plays were performed on the big stage in room 431, doors opened at 1:45.
English Project Workshop is part of BACS’ new third-year Professional English Program. You can learn more about the program here: English / 日本語 .
BACS held its 13th annual Pop Culture Workshop on Saturday, January 21st in the L. S. Wing.
Fifteen students gave research presentations on a variety of topics related to music, literature, history media and cultural studies. A keynote lecture by Professor Sumiko Shirai of Shirayuri University in Tokyo closed the event.
Third-year BACS students were joined by four conference participants from Nagoya University. Topics included the culture and politics of World’s Fairs, cultural policy in Canada and the theme of the road in American film and literature.
A number of talks focused 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition: the ferris wheel as a symbol of the fair, the experience of native Americans at the fair, the lively appeal of the fair’s midway plaisance, and “the war of the currents” between inventors Edison and Tesla.
Attendees were also treated to the macabre story of America’s first serial killer, who stalked the fair grounds. Other presenters dealt with Canada’s support for its music industry, the origins of Canada’s French immersion education and its Canadian flag, and the situation of aboriginal youth today.
A special session focused on the road in American film and literature with discussions of John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath, Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Other highlights included a talk on the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e prints on European art and the distorted image of aboriginal people in North America.
Professor Shirai, chair of the Department of Children’s Culture at Shirayuri University in Tokyo, gave a lively and informative talk entitled “Canadian Culture through Anne of Green Gables,” delving into a number of fascinating aspects of the classic Canadian–and internationally famous–novel published in 1908.
Staff from Chukyo University’s publicity office were on hand to take photographs while a camera crew taped portions of the event.
Pop Culture Workshop is BACS’ annual student conference, which is open to students across the program. 2016 marks the 13th year the conference has been held. The event is supported by BACS and the Chukyo English Society.
Three third-year students from BACS took part in the 5th Annual All Japan Student English Presentation Contest, held at Kanda University and co-sponsored with the Yomiuri Shimbun.
The all-day event took place on Saturday, December 3rd.
BACS students Yumi Kurobe, Hirotaka Nishimura and Masashi Okuda competed in a field of almost 700 students from across Japan.
In total, eight students from the World Englishes Department qualified to compete in the event.
Ms. Kurobe and Mr. Nishimura placed in the top 50 scoring presenters and received the special Top 50 Award along with a gift card.
Their presentation focused on the use of an innovative Japanese product to aid water conservation in California while Mr. Okuda’s presentation focused on the use of software and VR goggles to treat depression.
In a Facebook post Ms. Kurobe said, “I was very inspired by other speakers because their English and presentation skills are awesome. I realized that I need to work harder than now. I’m pretty sure this presentation is great and precious experience for me.”
The students are enrolled courses in BACS third-year Professional English Program. The presentations are based on projects they completed in their classes.
Ms. Kurobe and Mr. Nishimura were winners in the BACS Presentation Contest, held in October.
For more information about the All Japan Student English Presentation Contest, visit the HP.
On Thursday, November 10th, Mr. Keita Nakashima, a 2013 BACS graduate who is currently working at Pasona Career Company (株式会社パソナ パソナキャリアカンパニー) talked to a group of 30 third-year students about his work experience.
Mr. Nakashima encouraged students to consider various factors, such as work environment and future ambitions, while job hunting and when making a final decision about which company they will work for.
Mr. Nakashima studied abroad in Canada and worked for AISIN AW Co. Ltd. and TO Bridge Inc., a Venture capital company, before joining Pasona in 2014.
Mr. Nakashima was joined by Ms. Shiba of Pasona.
The talk was held during the lunchtime in room 541.
The talk is part of BACS Career Networking Series for third-year students in the Professional English program and was sponsored by BACS and the Chukyo University English Society.
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