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 . . . to Hugh Nicoll's Moodle site for students at MMU, which I have titled my Virtual Salon. To enroll in one of the courses here, you'll need to be enrolled in one of my face-to-face classes, and get an enrolment key to register for and participate in your course. I will offer online practice exercises to support our in-class activities, and forums for sharing your work with me and with your classmates.

    Available courses

    “Introduction to Latin American Studies” is a lecture course designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study [学際的 ] of Latin American social and political history. It is designed to extend and complement the work students have done in アメリカ文化論, and Introduction to intercultural communication courses. Latin America is generally defined as including the mostly Spanish speaking countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America and of course, Brazil.  We will, therefore, work with a variety of texts in trying to come to terms with the basic question, "What is Latin American culture and how did it come to be this way?"

    During the American Literature course we will work with two assigned texts: Kathryn VanSpanckeren's A Brief Introduction to American Literature (online), and an anthology of North American short stories, Discovering Fiction 1 Second Edition (2013), edited by Judith Kay and Rosemary Ghlshenen. The textbook readings and online overview will be supplemented by in-class mini-lectures introducing paintings, poetry, and American musical forms in an effort to link the literary history of the United States to the economic, historical and popular culture contexts for the main texts in the course. 

    “Introduction to American Studies” is a lecture course designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study [学際的 ] of American social and political history. My primary goal is to introduce you to the contradictions and complexity of the social and cultural history of the United States. We will, therefore, work with a variety of texts in trying to come to terms with the basic question, "What is "American" culture and how did it come to be this way?"


    “Introduction to Latin American Studies” is a lecture course designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study [学際的 ] of Latin American social and political history. It is designed to extend and complement the work students have done in アメリカ文化論, and Introduction to intercultural communication courses. Latin America is generally defined as including the mostly Spanish speaking countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America and of course, Brazil.  We will, therefore, work with a variety of texts in trying to come to terms with the basic question, "What is Latin American culture and how did it come to be this way?"

    “Introduction to American Studies” is a lecture course designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study [学際的 ] of American social and political history. My primary goal is to introduce you to the contradictions and complexity of the social and cultural history of the United States. We will, therefore, work with a variety of texts in trying to come to terms with the basic question, "What is "American" culture and how did it come to be this way?"


    Moodle course for students writing their graduation theses this year and planning to graduate in March 2016.

    The 2015 Introduction to American Studies Course.

    Welcome to the Moodle support site for the American Studies Seminar for 2016. Students in this seminar officially begin their studies in October 2013, and will graduate in March 2016.

    This is the sotsuron shidou site for members of the MMU American studies seminar. Our focus here is on working together to complete graduation thesis writing (deadline 22 January) and preparing for thesis presentations on 8 February.

    Introduction to American Culture
    The focus on this course will be on American Art and literature. Though the time available to us is too short, I will attempt to introduce several important schools American painting along with literary texts from similar eras to help students deepen their understanding of American culture through the arts. We will focus mostly on 19th and 20th century artists and literary texts including poems, short stories, and essays.
    到達目標 Goals
    The course goals are to help students find a joyful way to engage in English language learning through a study of the arts and literature of the United States. Course activities will challenge participants to learn actively through practicing the so-called four skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - of language use.
    評価方法 Assessment
    Assessment will be based on class participation and completion of all assignments. Assignments will include pre-lecture readings, online quizzes, and short reflective writing assignments based on the lectures. I will also ask all students to complete a research project and there will be a final reflective essay assignment to be completed during week sixteen.

    This is the online component for the 2014-15 Iibunka Jisshu short term study abroad program at Pathways College, University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand.

    Our Miyazaki sessions will take place in November, December and January; students will depart for NZ 20 February and we'll be returning to Miyazaki on 22 March.


    A listening and speaking course for MMU second year students, based on Unlock: Listening & Speaking Skills (1), Cambridge University Press. We will use both online work hosted on this Moodle server, the online components of the textbook, and in-class listening and speaking activities in the effort to help course participants improve the fluency and accuracy of their English.

    A listening and speaking course for MMU second year students, based on Unlock: Listening & Speaking Skills (2), Cambridge University Press. We will use both online work hosted on this Moodle server, the online components of the textbook, and in-class listening and speaking activities in the effort to help course participants improve the fluency and accuracy of their English.

    A listening and speaking course for MMU second year students, based on Unlock: Listening & Speaking Skills (2), Cambridge University Press. We will use both online work hosted on this Moodle server, the online components of the textbook, and in-class listening and speaking activities in the effort to help course participants improve the fluency and accuracy of their English.

    A listening and speaking course for MMU second year students, based on Unlock: Listening & Speaking Skills (3), Cambridge University Press. We will use both online work hosted on this Moodle server, the online components of the textbook, and in-class listening and speaking activities in the effort to help course participants improve the fluency and accuracy of their English.

    This the writing module section of the summer intensive course for 2016. It is designed to help students prepare for their second semester English courses for the H. 28 academic year.

    概要 | Summary

    In this course we will explore the culture and contemporary history of business in a globalizing world. To be an active participant in contemporary business culture often requires the use of English as a lingua franca, or common language for international exchange. We will therefore, take a four-skills approach, to understanding the contemporary business issues and the practical language skills you'll need as a participant in business settings where English is used as an international language of communication.

    到達目標 | Goals

    My goal in the course is to help you develop both practical and cultural communications skills.

    評価方法 | Assessment

    Students should complete all in-class and outside of class assignments. We will use textbook based reading, discussion, and writing activities in class and in outside of class, as well as online quizzes. There will be a final exam worth 10% of your final grade, the other course components - in-class participation, writing assignments, and online quizzes will be valued at 30% each. 

    テキスト | Textbook

    Business Advantage (Intermediate) Cambridge University Press (2012)


    An exploration of English (EFL) competencies through the study of American popular music

    MiyaTech2017 is the online course for students enrolled in the H. 29 English for Engineers course.