Events (talks, parties)

christmas party

2013-12-25 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- We celebrated Christmas a week early on 2013-12-18 in wed[1234] in room E215. We decorated the room and had fun all day long! Students, download your pictures from Glexa.


talks by guest speakers

2013-12-25 (originally 2013-10-31) SAPPORO, JAPAN -- Guest speakers give talks in my class. Everybody is welcome. No reservation necessary.

All talks are in the liberal arts building, room E215. Several weeks after each talk, the talks will appear on Hokudai’s Open Courseware project.

Our 1st guest speaker of the semester was Momoko Miyamoto, who talked about her adventures at TUM (Technical University of Munich, or Technische Universität München) in Munich, Germany. She gave her presentation on 2013-10-16 in wed[1234] (same talk repeated 4 times).

Our 2nd guest speaker was Hana Shimoyama, a Hokudai sophomore who has done volunteer work in Tanzania and elsewhere. She talked on 2013-11-13 in wed[14] (same talk repeated 2 times).

Our 3rd guest speaker was Keiko Okabe, a Hokudai postdoc specializing in ancient Latin manuscripts. She talked on 2013-11-13 in wed[23] (same talk repeated 2 times).

Our 4th guest speaker was Tsuneaki Nishimura, a Hokudai alumnus and licensed physical therapist, who works at the artificial joint division of Johnson & Johnson (visit their English website and Japanese website). He talked on 2013-11-20 in wed[1234] (same talk repeated 4 times). (HIs talk was originally scheduled for 2013-11-06.)

Our 5th guest speaker was Yuka Wakatsuki, a Hokudai 2nd-year master student, who spent a year in Hawaii and a summer in China and Russia. She talked on 2013-11-27 in wed[1234] (same talk repeated 4 times).

Our 6th guest speaker was Yuzuru Kubo, a Hokudai alumnus, who works on water quality issues in northern Kyushu island. He talked on 2013-12-04 in wed[1234] (same talk repeated 4 times).
Our 7th guest speaker was Shunji Imai, a Hokudai freshman who spent his summer in Finland and Germany on an exchange program. He talked on 2013-12-18 in wed2 to his classmates.

Our 8th guest speaker is being planned. She will probably talk on 2013-01-15 in wed4 to her classmates.

christmas party

2013-12-16 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- We’re having a Christmas party on 2013-12-18 in wed[1234] in room E215. Bring your friends! Wear a costume or hat. Bring a Christmas tree decoration.

These pictures are from last year’s (2012’s) party.


halloween party

2013-10-30 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- We celebrated Halloween a day early in our classes. Students and TAs decorated the room, and we had fun all day.

I dressed up as an ayakashi (yokai) named Hiiragi from “Natsume’s book of friends”.

This ayakashi -- Kaonashi from “Spirited Away” -- won a big cookie decorated by TAs.

My colleague Jeff Gayman brought his class over.

CALL-Plus workshop

2013-10-22 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- The CALL-Plus Workshop, a workshop for language teachers, will be held on 2013-11-16 from 10:00 to 17:00 at Sapporo Gakuin University. All teachers of foreign languages are welcome. This year’s theme is flipped learning. Don Hinkelman and I will critique and illustrate the flip model in our joint keynote titled "Flip the Classroom: Gimmick or Revolution?”



nitobe college talk 3

2013-10-20 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- A Hokudai alumna will give a talk titled “Leadership in global society” on 2013-11-01 from 18:15 to 19:15 in the liberal arts building, lecture hall N1. The talk is in the Japanese language.



nitobe college talk 2

2013-10-20 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- A Hokudai alumnus will give a talk titled “Mind, skill, quality for a global life” on 2013-10-25 from 18:15 to 19:15 in the liberal arts building, lecture hall N1. The talk is in the Japanese language. Download the flyer.



candle night

2013-10-13 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- Enjoy candle light, live music, and a photograph exhibit at Candle Night on 2013-10-18 from 17:00 to 20:00 near the Enyu Gakusha building. This event is held annually near Hokudai's main gate; however probably due to construction at the main gate, the event will take place near the Kita-18jo gate.

baby galaxies

2013-10-13 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- The science school will host a talk in the English language by Dr John Wise (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) titled "Baby galaxies: the first steps toward the Milky Way” on 2013-10-16 from 17:00 to 18:00 at the science school, building 2, entrance hall.

talks by guest speakers

2013-10-13 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- Guest speakers give talks in my class. Everybody is welcome.

The first guest speaker of the semester is Momoko Miyamoto, who will talk about her adventures in Germany. Her talk is on 2013-10-16 in wed[1234] (same talk repeated 4 times) in the liberal arts building, room E215.

ultimate team paddy

2013-04-10 SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO -- What I used to call “frisbees” are correctly called “flying discs” because “frisbee” is a trademark. Many games are played with flying discs. “Ultimate” (formerly “ultimate frisbee”) is one of them.

I’ve been the academic advisor of Hokudai’s ultimate team “Paddy” since they formed 4 years ago. They’ve grown to have both a men’s and women’s team. One of our men was selected as a player of the team representing Japan. He will compete this summer in an international match being held inToronto, Canada.

Paddy seeks new members regardless of experience. Watch the team trailer.



We went to a concert by the Hokkaido University Symphony Orchestra. My colleague (a linguist and trombonist) is the orchestra’s advisor, and many of our students perform.

siberian railway

Our friend Annuska Rodrigues Bento visited us from Belgium via the Trans-Siberian Railway. She gave a talk about her travels to our students. Her trip took 10 days. Does that sound long to you? I think that it’s too short, especially when you consider that there’s so much to see along the way.

study abroad fair on 2012-05-19

STEP (the people who run the Eiken tests) is holding a study-abroad fair on Hokudai campus. Read more info and register.

visitors welcome!

You are cordially invited to join my classes. My classes are always open to visitors. No appointment necessary.

In my usual classes, my students walk around talking with TAs most of the time -- I usually have between 5 and 8 TAs. Probably the best instructor-student ratio on campus.

Yuka gives a talk on her exchange student experience:
2012-01-11 wed[124] and 2012-01-12 thu1

Yoshia gives a talk on his overseas experiences; we do sushi conversations:
2012-01-18 wed[124] and 2012-01-19 thu1

Finally, we must have finals:
2012-01-25 wed[124] and 2012-01-26 thu1

goh's talk at the otaru university of commerce

On 2011-10-24 I gave a talk at the Otaru University of Commerce. Professor Shawn Clankie invited me to Shodai, introduced me to the audience, and videotaped my talk. Watch my talk on YouTube.

trick or treat?

Enjoy this Halloween card!

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study abroad program

Several partner universities of Hokudai will give talks on study abroad programs for sustainable development on 2011-10-27 from 13:00 to 15:30, at Hokudai’s International Student Center (留学生センター).


International Student Center (留学生センター) advises and accepts applications for Hokudai’s Study Abroad Programs (exchange student programs). Deadline for programs next year is 2011-10-31. Programs vary in destination and duration. For details, visit:
→ Japanese
→ 平成24年度交換留学生の募集について

Hokkaido International School fall festival

The Hokkaido International School (HIS) is holding its annual Fall Festival on 2011-10-29 from 10:00 to 14:00. There will be trick-or-treating at the school for kids, and food stalls for everybody. HIS is located about 5 minutes east of the Sumikawa subway station.


By the way, HIS is opening
a new school in Niseko, probably reflecting the growing international community there.

my talk at Sapporo Gakuin University

On 2011-10-15 at Sapporo Gakuin University, I am giving a talk titled “Designing online learning experiences for audio-visual language learning”. Many thanks to our students who participated in English Online during 2011 spring semester, and who granted me permission to analyze their learning outcomes as part of my talk.
Talk details

international friends through SACLA

SACLA (Sharing All Cultures and Languages) is a Hokudai student organization that socializes internationally. SACLA’s international lunches won Hokudai’s 元気 energetic project award in 2010. Contact them for times and places of their international lunches. (Last year, they met on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 12:50 at the International Student Center (留学生センター) 1st floor lobby.) They also engage in sports, cookouts, and volunteering.

yuka wakatsuki talk on hawaii

On 2010-11-08 (mon4, mon5), 2010-11-09 (tue3), and 2010-11-12 (fri2), Yuka Wakatsuki will talk about her experiences in Hawaii. Yuka went to the University of Hawaii, Hilo on the Hokudai exchange student program. She is currently a junior in the school of agriculture, and one of my teaching assistants (TAs). Her talk will include slides and descriptions. Come to my classes to learn about the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hilo campus, and the exchange student program.

Overseas study opportunities

A free seminar explaining overseas study opportunities will be held on 2010-11-06 from 11:00 to 15:00 at the Sapporo International House near Hokkai Gakuen University. See their poster or webpage.

happy halloween

A friend sent me this nice Halloween card. Noriko and I will wear something for our fri2 class on 2010-10-29. Come to E309.

ultimate team

I’m a faculty advisor for Hokudai’s ultimate team. “Ultimate” used to be called “ultimate frisbee” but the word “frisbee” was dropped because it is a trademark.

The team welcomes new members. No experience necessary! Everybody welcome. Check out the team website at Paddy, named after the pet dog of one of the founding members.

SACLA activities

SACLA (Sharing All Cultures and Languages) is a Hokudai student organization that socializes internationally. SACLA’s international lunches won Hokudai’s 元気 energetic project award this year. Lunches are on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 12:50 at the International Student Center (留学生センター) 1st floor lobby. Bring your own lunch.

Werner Stuflesser talk

What language do Italians speak? Italian, of course. But some Italians are native speakers of German. The extreme north part of Italy was annexed from Austria after World War I. My friend comes from that region -- Tyrol, famous for skiing -- and she speaks five languages (German, Italian, English, French, and Dutch).

In her region, there is a research institute called EURAC (European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, Its director, Werner Stuflesser, is visiting Hokudai and giving a talk. The talk is in English and will be translated into Japanese.

Take this opportunity to experience simultaneous interpretation, and to learn how multilingual communities work together to live together.

Werner Stuflesser, EURAC
Supranational Frameworks, Standardisation, Networking: Organised Diversity Management in Europe, Japan, and Africa
Time and place:
2010-06-26, 15:00 to 17:00, Hokudai Enyuugakusha

For details, read the announcement in Japanese: announcement, PDF.

spring flowers

I found a patch of crocuses blooming behind the tiny cozy garden behind NItobe Inazo’s statue. They disappeared a week later. Which reminds me that the best opportunities are fleeting.

SACLA international lunch and events

SACLA (Sharing All Cultures and Languages) is a Hokudai student organization that socializes internationally. They are holding 3 sessions to recruit new members: (a) 2010-04-13 Tuesday 19:00, at the Clark building 3rd floor international room, over (b) 2010-04-22 Thursday 19:00, at the Clark building 3rd floor international room, over and (c) 2010-04-30 Friday 18:00, liberal arts building E, room E201 over. View more information on their blog.

SACLA holds international lunches. This semester, they started on 2010-04-14 Wednesday. They meet from 12:10 to 12:50 at the International Student Center (留学生センター) 1st floor lobby. Bring your own lunch.

undergraduate internships

Internships are highly desirable, in some cases practically mandatory, to secure your dream job. The Hokudai career center is offering internships to undergraduate students. To be considered for this competitive opportunity, attend 1 of 2 identical workshops: (a) 2010-04-14 Wednesday from 18:30 to 20:30, Clark Building, main lecture hall (クラーク会館、講堂)(水産学部への中継あり、大講義室) over, and (b) 2010-04-16 Friday from 16:30 to 18:30, the Information Technology Education building, 3rd floor lecture hall (情報教育館3階多目的中講義室) over.

children's theater performance

The Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform The Wizard of Oz on 2010-04-02 and 2010-04-03 at the Hokkaido International School. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a play, visit a school, and meet people.

This is a great opportunity to spend a few hours and meet people.

The following announcement is copied from the Hokkaido Insider, a free email newsletter that (among other things) notifies readers of public and private events taking place in Hokkaido.

Once again Hokkaido International School will be hosting Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). MCT is America’s largest touring children’s theater. It has been touring for more than 30 years from Montana to Japan. This will be MCT’s 15th year at Hokkaido International School. This year we are excited to be welcoming Lynda Mondragon and Jeffrey Staso who will be directing the HIS children in a musical rendition of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Mark your calendars and plan to come out and enjoy a fresh look at an age-old favorite. The play will be performed entirely in English.

Hokkaido International School
Gymnasium, 4th floor
1-55, 5-jo 19-chome,
Hiragishi, Tokyohira-ku
Sapporo 062-0935
Nearest subway station: Sumikawa Station on the Nanboku Line

Performance One: April 2, 7:00 pm in the H.I.S. Gymnasium
Performance Two: April 3, 3:00 pm in the H.I.S. Gymnasium

** Ticket prices are ¥500 per person. Children age 5 and under are free.
Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased from any HIS Elementary school family.

Any questions? Please contact Sherrie Oda at HIS (011) 816-5000.