Video: Extensive Reading Workshop for University Staff (Japanese)

ER for Staff -a training workshop at Tohoku University

This 90-minute workshop on using extensive reading for self-study in English was conducted in Japanese at the Tohoku University Library on December 26th, 2013. I really don’t like listening to myself speak Japanese (it sounds very different to what I hear in my head) but I guess this is something I will get used to eventually (after all, I went through the same process watching my presentations in English and am now fairly comfortable with that).

Hi, Great job on your presentation. I’d like to share the video in my blog and also let my friend teacher do the same.

Hi Noriko
No problem! That would be great πŸ™‚

27 Dec 2013, 11:55am
by Cynthia Akazawa


Your Japanese is so much better than most foreigners who give lectures. It is very natural and comfortable. It wasn’t distracting to your message, either. I haven’t the time to listen to it all, but I am so impressed that you were willing to take on a Japanese lecture. The preparation is so much harder than it would be for an English lecture. But, you really need to get a Japanese lecture down so that you can reach a larger message with such an important topic. I feel like I would like to do that with my lecture on learning disabilities in the EFL classroom. If the venue presents itself, I might be willing to take on the task.

Hi Cynthia
Thanks! I was actually really underprepared and winging it for most of that. It’s a talk I give all the time in English, so I think that saved me…

Ditto what Cyntha said. Well done, Ben. It takes oodles of hard work and tireless polishing to be able to deliver a calm, natural workshop in a foreign language. Very impressed, bud.

Thanks Steven
Had some important people in the room, so was pretty nervous πŸ™‚


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