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310-8512
2-1-1 Bunkyo, Mito, Ibaraki
310-8512 Japan
Department of English Language Teaching,
College of Education

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Faculty

Core Faculty

Hidetoshi Saito (TEFL)
Introduction Hidetoshi Saito I was born in Chiba (Funabashi) and moved to Ibaraki when I was 13. Since then, I lived in seven different cities. Among them, I am very fond of Sapporo and Fort Collins (Colorado).

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Research
Interests
My research interests lie in “Testing and assessment” in language teaching. In particular, I am interested in formative assessment and performance assessment. My additional interests include the utility of what I call fundamental activities in language teaching, such as drills, read-alouds, and the like.
Other
Interests
Tai-chi, Zen, Guitar, Ski, Scuba-diving.
Message to
prospective
students
Do what you like to do. If you like music, sing until you feel you are perfect. If you like movies, imitate them until you feel you are perfect. First, you need to imitate and remember them. Then, you change and reorganize the stock of language that you accumulate. Finally, you say whatever comes to your mind. These are the stages of Shu (or follow the routine) Ha (or break the routine) Ri (or leave from the routine)--a road to mastery.
Hidemi Kobayashi (English Literature)
Introduction Hidemi Kobayashi I was born in Chiba. At the age of 11, I stayed about a year with my family at Richmond, Indiana in the United States and became interested in English speaking countries.

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Research
Interests
English Literature in the age of Romanticism. In particular, relationship between writers, publishers and readers.
Other
Interests
Classical music in Europe, British paintings and British films.
Message to
prospective
students
The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

Affiliated Faculty

Dana M. Aumend (Speaking & Discussions)
Introduction: Dana M. Aumend I was born in Oakland, California, USA, in the Year of the Dragon. Attended Western Washington University where I graduated with a major in American literature and a minor in creative writing.

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Research
Interests
Cogitating the contradictions and influences of the psychological, physiological, emotional, and physical states that always interact and conflict with the internal youthful mind and the external aging process; a continuous self-study.
Other
Interests
Movies, reading, music, karaoke, journal and haiku writing, billiards, motorcycling…
Message to
prospective
students
Our English Department is a close knit community of dedicated, caring professors actively assisting students in acquiring a solid education and positive learning experience. Your time spent at Ibaraki University will be an important period of your youth, and will strengthen the foundation of your adult life as you go forth pursuing your goals.
Tomoko Tanaka (TEFL)
Introduction: Tomoko Tanaka I was born in Tokyo and lived in Canada and USA for ten years in total. I majored Spanish in college and started my working career at a major international trading company and a world’s largest American investment bank.

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Research
Interests
English conversational skill trainings based on original phonetic approaches to develop one’s communicational skills. Two textbooks with DVD were published from Shogakukan Inc in 2008.
Other
Interests
Antiques shop hopping, porcelain paintings, visiting museums
Message to
prospective
students
Focusing on English pronunciation is not only to make your English clearer but also to develop your listening skill. From A to Z, there’re only twenty six letters that make about forty five sounds. Once you learn how to pronounce correct sounds, you will love how easy and fun to speak out English. Speaking English in confident and comfortable manner is crucial to students especially who want to be teachers. No worries! You will like it!
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