2017 Conference Schedule

This is the conference schedule for the now-finished 2017 JCMU Symposium. For information on the upcoming 2018 iteration, please visit the JCMU Symposium homepage.

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Symposium program (PDF)

(*LRC = Large Conference Room; LL = Language Lab; 205, 207 = Rooms 205, 207)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Morning Session 1 (9:00 – 9:50)

Welcome Address (LCR)
– Introduction to JCMU and the Michigan/Shiga sister-state Relationship


Morning Session 2 (10:00 – 10:50)

Japanese Culture I (LCR)
– Dr. Yasuko Akiyama, “Ambitious Women in Male Manga Magazines”
– Dr. Roy S Hanashiro, “Defining the Empire of Japan during the 19th Century: The Role of Ogasawara Islands”

English Workshop I (207)
– Samantha Green, “American Country Music Used to Engage English Language Learners”

JCMU Student Presentations (LL)
– From the Health & Culture of Japan program


Morning Session 3 (11:00 – 11:50)

Japanese Culture Experience I (LCR)
– Jesse Freeman, Minimalist Ikebana

English Workshop II (207)
– Kia DeCou, “Appetizers, Entrees and Deserts: Creating Learning Menus for Language Classrooms”

JCMU Student Presentations (LL)
– From the Health & Culture of Japan program


Lunch (2 hour break)


Afternoon Session 1 (2:00 – 2:50)

English Workshop III (207)
– Karl Hedberg, “I’ve Got You Covered: Using Original and Cover Songs for Compare and Contrast Essays”

English Pedagogy I (205)
– Eric Shepherd Martin, “Promoting Four-Skills Language Development in High School Team-Teaching EFL Classes”
– Clint Denison, “Bringing Computer Literacy Development into Language Instruction”
– John Spiri, “Japan’s Public Schools: Archaic or Effective?”


Afternoon Session 2 (3:00 – 3:50)

Japanese Pedagogy Panel Discussion (LCR)
– Mayumi Oka, Junko Kondo, Yoshihiro Mochizuki, and Yoshimi Sakakibara, “目的別上級日本語コースの実践報告”


Keynote Speaker (4:00 – 5:00)

Dr. Mutsuko Endo Hudson (LCR)
– Professor and Director of the Japanese program, Michigan State University


Reception (5:30 – 7:00) – Apple Hall/Lobby

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Morning Session 1 (9:00 – 9:50)

English Pedagogy II (LCR)
– Dr. Robert Charles Ames, “Global Communication Culture in the Japanese JHS and SHS”
– Sean Gaffney, “Free Writing and the Writing Process”

Japanese Culture II (LL)
– Dr. Kentaro Taki, “Lake Biwa”


Morning Session 2 (10:00 – 10:50)

Japanese Pedagogy I (LCR)
– Takehiro Iizuka, “Processing Differences Between L1 and L2 Speakers: Evidence From Japanese Verbal Morphological Priming Effect”

English Workshop IV (207)
– David Wybenga, “Teaching English with Picture Books”


Morning Session 3 (11:00 – 11:50)

Japanese Culture III (LCR)
– Ben McCracken, “A Model Japan”
– Paul Tanner, “The Most Important Japanese Person who Never Lived”

English Workshop V (207)
– Samantha Green, “Incorporating Flipped Model Elements to Enhance Intensive Language Classes”


Lunch (2 hour break)


Afternoon Session 1 (2:00 – 2:50)

English Pedagogy III (LCR)
– John Howrey, “Engaging Student Interest in Reading through a Variety of Book Reports”
– Dr. Robert Aspinall, “Launching a New Global Education Center in Doshisha University, Kyoto”

English Workshop VI (207)
– Robert Pearsall, “Understanding Compromise in English Education”


Afternoon Session 2 (3:00 – 3:50)

Japanese Pedagogy II (LCR)
– Dr. Yosei Sugawara, “The 8th Question: Language Learning and Communication Contexts”
– Dr. Chiho Kyono, “日本語教育における終助詞ネの解説にノダ・非ノダの語用論が必要である理由”

Japanese Culture Experience II (207)
– Hikone Jaycees, Hikone Carom


Keynote Speaker (4:00 – 5:00)

Dr. E. Taylor Atkins (LCR)
– Presidential Teaching Professor of History, Northern Illinois University


Closing Address (5:00 – 5:15) – Apple Hall/Lobby

Monday, June 5, 2017

Optional Excursion (10:00-1:00)

JCMU-led trip to Hikone Castle
– To allow participants and attendees to take full advantage of their visit to Hikone, JCMU will offer an optional excursion to Hikone Castle following the conclusion of the Symposium. The excursion schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 – Depart from JCMU
  • 10:20 – Meet tour guide at Hikone Castle
  • 12:00 – Finish tour
  • 1:00 – Return to JCMU