Section of Culture and Language

Overview

The Section of Culture and Language is an organization of faculty members that was established based on the Section of Language Education and the Section of Japanese Language Education in the former Center for the Advancement of Higher Education. It is composed of the faculty members in charge of “Foreign Language Subjects” and “Japanese Language Subjects” of liberal education and Japanese language education programs for the entire university (“Special Program for International Students,” “Japanese Language Training Course for International Students,” etc.).

 

Together with research and fact-finding studies on education methods concerning foreign-language education as part of general education during basic education in university, its main mission and goals involve making various proposals concerning the development of an education environment for foreign-language courses in liberal education, curriculum development, design, implementation, and support for self-learning by students using Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) laboratories. In foreign language subjects, it is in charge of English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, practicing education intended not just to improve ability in the four language skills of “listening, speaking, reading, and writing” but also to deepen inter-lingual and intercultural understanding through learning about the societies, cultures, and histories of the places where foreign languages are spoken. Japanese courses are intended not only to teach foreign-exchange students in individual university departments and foreign researchers the advanced Japanese-language usage skills required for specialized education in faculties, but also to promote the understanding of Japanese culture, both through classes where they can learn with Japanese students and other aspects.

 

Surveys and research activities (from April 1, 2012)

[1] “Extensive Reading Best Practice & Extensive Reading Program Development” (Research led by Senior Assistant Professor Ben Shearon and Daniel Eichhorst)

Best practices of extensive reading programs were developed by studying typical extensive reading programs in Japan. This research could be utilized by establishing extensive reading corners in the Tohoku University libraries as well as organizing seminars and workshops on the introduction of extensive reading methods for educators of Tohoku University and local communities.

 

[2] “Objectives and Goals of the University English Education in Tohoku University: Suggestions from the ESP Research” (Research led by Professor Yuka Tachibana)

Surveys and research were conducted on English curricula for specific teaching methods of Academic Reading Skills, Academic Writing Skills, Academic Listening Skills, and Examination Skills (English for external exams such as TOEFL, which takes into consideration overseas study for academic research purposes, and measures for certification exams).

 

[3] “Auxiliary Teaching Material Preparation for Spanish for Beginners: Introduction of Video Materials to Acquire Listening Skills and Activities based on the Cultures of Spanish-speaking Countries” (Research led by Senior Assistant Professor Cecilia Silva)

Video teaching materials for training Spanish communication skills were prepared. Learning activities based on the videos and activities designed to experience the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and learn about cultural diversity were incorporated into handbooks.

 

[4] “Cooperation between Multiple Faculty Members and TA’s in Japanese Language Classes” (Research led by Associate Professor Natsue Sugaya)

Class records were collected and analyzed together with questionnaires for the enrolled students, TA activity records, and meeting records between faculty members and TA’s. The manner of cooperation between faculty members and TA’s was examined based on the gathered data, and the research results are expected to improve the education practices at our university in the future.

 

[5] “Development of International Joint Training Seminars with a Focus on the University Guide Video Production Project” (Research led by Professor Sekiko Sato)

A syllabus was developed for “International Joint Training Seminars” including the production of a video to accompany the Tohoku University Guide through the cooperation of Japanese and international students, and these classes have been implemented. A session to introduce life on campus with the produced video was held at open campus.

 

Educational activities

[1] Implementation of English and other foreign languages classes (German, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korea) with a focus on liberal education.

 

[2] Implementation of Japanese Language Subjects for International Students” of liberal education for 1st year international students.

 

[3] Implementation of Japanese language education programs for international students and foreign researchers across the entire university.

 

[English as Foreign Language]

Chair of Section Professor

Yoshio Kitahara
(English Linguistics, English Education, 
Higher Education Theory)

  Professor

Yuka Tachibana
(English Education, CALL Teaching Methodology, 
Higher Education Theory)

  Associate Professor

Shuichi Takebayashi
(English Education, American Studies)

  Associate Professor

Takaaki Hiratsuka
(Applied Linguistics・TESOL)

  Associate Professor

Vincent Scura
(TEFL)

  Associate Professor

Ryan Spring
(English Linguistics, Second Language Learning)

  Associate Professor

Richard Meres
(Communication, English Linguistics)

  Associate Professor

Barry Kavanagh
(Sociolinguistic, English Linguistics, 
Applied Linguistics)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

 Daniel Eichhorst
(TEFL)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Joseph Stavoy
(English Linguistics)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Ben Shearon
(TEFL)
 

Senior Assistant Professor

Todd Enslen
(English Linguistics)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Suguru Mikami
(Linguistics, English Linguistics)

 

 

[Second Foreign Language] 

  Associate Professor Youichi Tabayashi
(Spanish, Linguistics)
 

Associate Professor

Minkyeong Kang
(Linguistics of German)

 

Associate Professor

Yosuke Fukai
(French literature, French)

 

Associate Professor

Fuminobu Nishida
(Linguistics, Chinese Linguistics, Sino-Tibetan Language Family, 
Language Pedagogy, Area Studies)

 

Associate Professor

Hyeon-Cheol Kim
(Korean Performing Arts Theory, 
Japan-Korea Comparative Cultural Theory)

  Associate Professor Cecilia Silva
(Foreign Language Education in Spanish)
  Associate Professor Zhao Xiumin
(Chinese Lnaguage Education, 
Education Technology, e-Learning)
 

Senior Assistant Professor

Bernd Schacht
(Foreign Language Education in German)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Susanne Endo
(German Language Education, 
Japanese Northern History)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Miho Takahashi
(German Linguistics)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Bertrand Sauzedde
(French Phonetic, Linguistics)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Libo Zhang
(Chinese Language Education, 
Japanese Literature, Chinese Literature)

 

Senior Assistant Professor

Qili Wang
(Comparative Studies on Japanese and Chinese, 
Chinese Language Education)

 

 

[Japanese as Foreign Language]

  Professor

Satoshi Uehara
(Cognitive Linguistics)

  Professor

Sekiko Sato
(Japanese Intellectual History, 
Japanese Language Education)

  Professor

Kei Yoshimoto
(Language Cognitive Science)

  Associate Professor

Natsue Sugaya
(Japanese Language Education)

  Associate Professor

Kensaku Soejima
(Linguistics, Japanese Language Education)

  Associate Professor

Wataru Nakamura
(Linguistic Typology)

  Senior Assistant Professor

Masako Hayashi
(Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Language Education)

 

Location

41, Kawauchi, Aobaku, Sendai, 980-8576, Japan

(Kawakita Joint Building)