Kanazawa University Super Global English Language Programs Series

The Tufts University English Language Programs has developed a four-year agreement with Kanazawa University (2015-2019) to establish a Super Global English Language Programs Series. Its mission is to provide high-level English language programs to the faculty, staff, and student base of Kanazawa University to assist it in its efforts to build an internationalized campus.

This initiative is part of a grant that Kanazawa received from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in Japan. This grant is called the Top Global University Project and it is part of a larger initiative in Japan to globalize 37 universities over the next decade.  Kanazawa University partnered with Tufts University’s English Language and International Programs to develop their human resources (faculty, staff, and student base) to become a leader in education and research in the world, and to establish its brand name through this internationalization process.

Faculty Development Program

This course is intended for associate professors and professors who are interested in improving their written and spoken academic English, teaching in the English language, and exploring pedagogical models and strategies that can both enhance student engagement and strengthen the students’ English language skills. The content of this course draws upon research from a variety of fields related to language and education. In particular, research and strategies that have emerged from the fields of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) will form a foundation for the language and content (learning) objectives for this course.

This program will cover the following content areas:

  • Developing Instructors’ English for Academic Purposes
  • Developing Students’ English for Academic Purposes
  • Planning and Teaching in English
  • Improving Student English
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Reflective Practice

Each phase of the program will improve the academic English of participants while reviewing essential elements of pedagogy. Lessons will model the theoretical concepts and research-based strategies being taught, as well as build upon the teaching skills that each participant possesses. Each phase will provide essential resources to participants, creating a critical foundation for participants to improve their ability to teach in English.

Student Program  

The 2015 Kanazawa University Super Global University Student Development Program is a 15-week course to prepare 40-45 Kanazawa University undergraduate students for experience studying abroad in various countries outside of Japan. The course is divided into two major parts:

  • The first part of the course focuses on improving students’ English abilities and test-taking skills through intensive practice of the TOEFL iBT and the IELTS, as well as one-on-one meetings between the instructor and each student.  The goal of this program is to improve their English proficiency test scores so these students will have more opportunities to study abroad in English speaking programs around the world.
  • The second part of the course aims to help students’ understand the classroom cultures in each of their target countries, global and regional culture and events, and strategies to be successful in their schools abroad.

These students will eventually study abroad the following year in partner schools in Australia, Eastern Europe, and the United States.  Kanazawa University’s desire is to increase the number and the English proficiency level of its study abroad population, with the goal of sending more students to universities in the United States, with a particular emphasis on Tufts.

Business English

The 2015 Kanazawa University Super Global University Staff Development Program is a 15-week course intended to improve the English abilities of 15 members of the Kanazawa University administration. The course takes a skills-based approach to business administration, focusing on finance, presentation skills, marketing and advertising, negotiations, and greeting guests. Participants will engage in extensive practice in order to gain confidence and reinforce skills.

The participants enrolling in this course are all recent hires into Kanazawa University’s administration. Kanazawa University intends to make these administrators responsible for international communication so that they can communicate with foreign students, schools, and businesses.