Grad (classes

dissertation defense

2013-04-12 SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO -- I am pleased to announce that my graduate student Noriaki Katagiri will defend his PhD dissertation titled "Enabling English Classroom Discourse by Non-native Instructors" on 2013-04-23 Tuesday starting at 13:00 in room IMC-105. Room IMC-105 is across the hall from IMC-110 (see map).

Your attendance would be most appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Presiding at Katagiri Noriaki's defense will be his dissertation committee, consisting of the following members:

(a) Dr Kenji Araki, Professor of Natural Language Processing, Hokkaido University,
(b) Dr Yoshiki Yokoyama, Professor of English Language Teaching, Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo, and
(c) Dr Goh Kawai, Associate Professor of Education Technology, Hokkaido University.

Abstracts in English and Japanese languages of Noriaki Katagiri's dissertation are attached below (PDF file, approximately 500 kilobytes). To obtain a full draft of his dissertation (PDF file, approximately 5 megabytes), kindly contact me.



the 90th best job in America

2012-11-02 SAPPORO, JAPAN -- CNN says in their article titled “The top 100 jobs in America” that the 90th best job is Assistant Professor. CNN says assistant professors benefit society and derive personal satisfaction, but stress is high and flexibility is low. I agree with the high stress but disagree with the low flexibility. In fact the flexible work schedule is one of the highlights of my job.

Unfortunately the Japanese government has been lowering salaries at national universities. I make less than I did 10 years ago. And that’s with significant increase in pay scale. (My rank went up but my pay went down.) The government is bankrupt and needs to skim off its employees.

my first hokkaido-style barbecue party

2012-06-29 SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO -- Hokkaido locals love a style of barbecue that they call Genghis Khan, named after the Mongol warrior-king who allegedly fed his troops lamb and mutton to keep them fighting-fit. The Japanese seem to enjoy barbecue sitting on the grass. Noriko and I contributed by smoking salmon, chicken, rice balls, and hard-boiled eggs.

AIESEC internships

AIESEC offers overseas internships for various jobs, places, languages, and durations. Opportunities include teaching Japanese language in America. The following description is from one of AISEC’s webpages.