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チャールズ ヒューベンソール HUBENTHAL Charles
最終学歴…Teachers College, Columbia University
学位…Master of Arts, Columbia University
• 2016年4月 Wako University, Professor
• 1999年4月 Bunka University, Associate Professor / Professor
• 1998年4月 Tsuda College, Lecturer
My area of specialization is Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). After receiving my master’s degree from Columbia University, I’ve had extensive experience teaching the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to Japanese university students. I’ve also taught many specialized courses such as pronunciation, presentation skills, current events, and TOEFL preparation courses. My main interest is in helping students better understand how native English speakers actually use English, and to help them to be able to use English more actively and fluently.
In addition to my teaching experience, I have been the faculty advisor for the English Speaking Society (ESS), which offered students opportunities to use their English skills through activities such as plays, speech contests, and weekly free-conversation sessions. I’ve also been the coordinator for overseas study programs in the United States.
① Formulaic speech –
Formulaic speech is roughly defined as the building blocks of a language that are used as memorized ‘chunks,’or as an unanalyzed ‘whole.’ These chunks or ‘set phrases’ of language allow learners to achieve a communicative foothold in the language long before grammatical competence is well developed. The question was whether formulaic language was simply a temporary crutch or an integral part of language acquisition.
I first became interested in this research after observing my young son’s use of chunks and formulas to communicate with me in English (his first language is Japanese). I noted that much of his early English language competence came from his reliance on chunks and formulas. My master’s thesis, 『The Role of Formulaic Speech on Second Language Acquisition』was a one-year longitudinal study that explored the extent to which, if any, the role formulaic language played in my son’s growing English language competence. Findings from the research indicated that formulas and chunks were quite important to English language development and grammatical competence, and that formulaic language should not be dismissed simply as a temporary crutch. These findings, along with my experience as a language learner and teacher, have strongly influenced my teaching methodology, in that I encourage students to learn language naturally, by first learning useful key phrases and then, to the greatest extent possible, providing them opportunities to use the language actively.
② Applied Linguistics –
My research interest is on finding teaching methods, informed by language acquisition theory, that best meet the needs of the learners. Learners vary widely in ability, goals and motivations, so I am always researching the best ways to interest, motivate and challenge students in the classroom. I am co-author of a book, 『Thoughts Into Writing』, which was developed from ideas that grew out of the combined practical experiences of the authors in teaching writing. In addition, I have written and presented on methods of language instruction that make difficult areas of language learning both enjoyable and interesting. One of these methods, regarding the use of phrasal verbs, 『Leveling up Phrasal Verb Competence』, was presented at a recent JALT conference.
• JALT – Japanese Association of Language Teachers
• JACET – Japanese Association of College English Teachers
『Thoughts Into Writing』 (2002, Seibido) co-author
『Critique of Milton Bennett’s ‘How Not to Be a Fluent Fool』(1993, Teachers College Newsletter)
『Critique of Michael Swan’s ‘A Critical Look at the Communicative Approach』(1994, Teachers College Newsletter)
『The Role of Formulaic Speech in Second Language Acquisition』(2008, 論説資料保存会)
『Considerations for Curriculum Designers and Japanese Universities』 (2009, Journal of Bunka Women’s University)
『Leveling up Phrasal Verb Competence』(2014, Journal of Saitama City Educators)
『Formulaic Speech』(2000, Teachers College, Columbia University Lecture Series)
『Teaching Phrasal Verb Competence』(2014, JALT, Yokohama)