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International Baccalaureate Category 3 Topical Seminar: Japanese

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This two and a half day seminar provides a forum for experienced educators to build on and enhance their professional development portfolios in Japanese literature. Participants will engage in an in-depth investigation into specific areas of interest and expertise.

Date:
August 2 - 4, 2013 (Friday-Sunday / 2.5 days)
Intended Participants:
IB teachers in Japanese A who have native level or near-native level Japanese language skills. More than three years of experience of teaching an IB course (Japanese) is preferable, but the workshops are also open to non-IB teachers who are interested in IB Diploma Programme.
Language of Instruction:
Japanese
Venue:
Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo (Access)
Exact building and rooms to be confirmed.
Fee & Deadline:
Early Bird Registration
Fee: 58,500 yen
Deadline: May 30, 2013 (JST)

Regular Registration
Fee: 63,000 yen
Deadline: July 1, 2013 (JST)
Registration
Application is closed.
Contact
Ms. Mai Mitsui (mitsui@tuj.temple.edu / +81-3-5441-9800)

Notes:

  • The fee is set every year in accordance with the IB regional workshop fee.
  • The fee includes tea/coffee, refreshments and lunch for three days.
  • Registration and payment must be completed by the date specified.
  • TUJ reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there is insufficient enrolment.
  • TUJ cannot be responsible for cancellation fee of air tickets or accommodation of participants when it has to cancel the workshop under unavoidable circumstances.

Seminar Content

Day 1: August 2

Session 1: Introduction

This opening session presents an overview of the workshop and explains and discusses how to bridge the gap between "theory" and "practice in a classroom" so that participants will be able to utilize the updated expert knowledge of literature they learn in the IB curriculum. It is imperative for IB teachers to be constantly updated on new theories and approaches in literature. To do so, they are required to explore new possibilities and new selections to introduce to their students. This opening session allows participants to see the relevance and importance of their professional growth in relation to their classroom practice, and gives them the opportunity to share their opinions and concerns regarding their professional development.

Presenter:
Ms. Miho Tsumura

Session 2 & Session 3: Kawabata Yasunari

Participants are expected to have read the Japanese original of Kawabata's novella "House of the Sleeping Beauties" (1961) before this session. Photocopies of another short story by Kawabata will be distributed during the session. The chief aim of this session is not necessarily to have participants understand Kawabata's works better, but rather to put on recommending an efficient "teacherless"/"student-based" approach to the participants, using Kawabata's texts as the samples for this teaching methodology. The first session will start with a short lecture (45 minutes) on (1) how to make our literature class "teacherless" and "student-oriented" and (2) how to make every student discussion fun, energizing, self-reflective, and voluntarily analytical, citing examples from the presenter's own teaching experiences.

Participants will be then given tasks to individually explore the connections between the short story distributed in the session and "House of the Sleeping Beauties" (75 minutes + lunch break). In the second session, participants will be first engaged in group works (45 minutes) based on the individual analyses of the texts and actually practice the "teacherless" discussion. This session will conclude with the presentation from each group and feedback from fellow participants and the presenter (60 + 15 minutes).

Presenter:
Dr. Goro Takano
Required Reading:
川端康成「眠れる美女」 (Photocopy to be distributed in advance.)
※『眠れる美女』 (新潮文庫) に所収、平成19年 63刷版
川端康成の別短編 (タイトル未定 - Photocopy to be distributed in class.)

Day 2: August 3

Session 4 & Session 5: Contemporary Poems

This session will focus on analysis of contemporary Japanese poems and will be divided up in three parts: the first part of the session (120 minutes including Q&A) will introduce students to general history of contemporary Japanese poetry as well as examining major figures in this field. We will also examine various literary theories to help us navigate the "ways of reading". In the second portion of the session (60 minutes), students will be divided up in groups to analyze several poems based on the theories touched upon in the first section. The last part (60 minutes) will be spent discussing each other's findings.

Presenter:
Professor Mariko Nagai

Session 6: Genbaku (atomic bomb) Literature

このセッションは、日本の原爆文学について検討することを目的とする。初めの時間(120分、質疑応答を含む)は、詩や証言など短い作品を取り上げながら、原爆文学に関する歴史、表現の特徴を講義する。

This session aims to examine Japanese Genbaku (atomic bomb) Literature. The first session (120 min. including Q&A) is devoted to a lecture on the history and the characteristics of Genbaku literature, introducing short and representative literary works from that movement.

Presenter:
Dr. Takayuki Kawaguchi

Day 3: August 4

Session 7: Genbaku (atomic bomb) Literature

(セッション6から続く) 次の時間(60分)は受講生を幾つかの小グループにわけ、最初の時間で学んだ知識を活用しながら林京子「空罐」について分析する。最後の時間(60分)は各グループの議論を報告、全体でシェアする。

(Continued from Session 6) Participants are then divided into groups and will analyze HAYASHI Kyoko's "Akikan", utilizing the knowledge obtained from the first session (60 min.). The last hour is devoted to presentations by groups on their findings (60 min.).

Presenter:
Dr. Takayuki Kawaguchi
Required Reading:
林京子「空罐」

Session 8: Concluding Session

This session wraps up the 2.5 day workshop. It will give participants chances to reflect on what they have learned in the workshop, and to discuss ways to apply their learning to the classroom setting. Some time will be allocated for questions and answers, and for the evaluation of the workshop.

Presenter:
Ms. Miho Tsumura

Presenters

Ms. Miho Tsumura has always loved sharing her language and culture with others, and has spent her career doing so in various capacities. In Japan, she taught Japanese Language and Culture to non-Japanese adults, and also trained people learning to teach Japanese as a Foreign Language in Fukuoka for five years.

Ms. Tsumura started her career in Singapore as a teacher of Japanese Language and Culture at a state school. She currently works at International School Singapore (ISS), where she has taught Japanese A1 for twelve years, Japanese AB initio for nine years, and has also acted as a counselor for the past 15 years. As a counselor, she has worked mainly with Japanese students and their families for their adjustment to international education. And she has supported a development of IB in Singapore, Beijing, and Japan.

Dr. Goro Takano, born in the city of Hiroshima, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Saga University, where he teaches English and Japanese literature. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Tokyo (American Literature), and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (English/Creative Writing). His first novel, With One More Step Ahead, was published in US by BlazeVOX in 2009, and his first poetry collection titled Responsibilities of the Obsessed was published in US from BlazeVOX this year.

Professor Mariko Nagai is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ). She is a graduate of the New York University master's program in creative writing (poetry), where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Yaddo, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude-Stuttgart, Hawthornden, among others. Her writing and translation have appeared in literary journals in the US and Europe, and she received Pushcart Prizes both in poetry (1998) and fiction (2001). Histories of Bodies: Poems, the winner of the 2005 Benjamin Saltman Award, was published by Red Hen Press in 2007, and Georgic: Stories, the winner of the 2009 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, was published by BkMk Press of University of Missouri Pressin 2010. Her other books include Instructions for the Living (2012), and two books of fiction forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Takayuki Kawaguchi, born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1971, is currently an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at Hiroshima University. He specializes in modern Japanese literature and cultural history. Dr. Kawaguchi's specialities are: 1) catastrophes and literature (atomic bomb/war, pollution, earthquake and disasters); 2) colonization and its influence on languages, and 3) post-war literary movement in the 1950's.

Schedule (Subject to change)

Day 1: August 2

9:15-11:15
Session 1: Welcome & Introduction, Overview
11:30-13:30
Session 2: Kawabata Yasunari
13:30-14:30
Lunch
14:30-16:30
Session 3: Kawabata Yasunari

Day 2: August 3

9:15-11:15
Session 4: Contemporary Poems
11:30-13:30
Session 5: Contemporary Poems
13:30-14:30
Lunch
14:30-16:30
Session 6: Genbaku (atomic bomb) Literature

Day 3: August 4

9:15-11:15
Session 7: Genbaku (atomic bomb) Literature
11:30-13:30
Session 8: Conclusion
13:30-14:30
Workshop Closes.
Ceritificate Awarding Ceremony & Lunch Reception.