• Class Syllabi and Schedules

    PROFESSOR VOGT

  • HELLO

    Lisa Vogt

    Professor

    She hails from Washington State and

    currently makes her home Tokyo, Japan.

    Lisa delights in communing with trees and plants,

    watching the skies turn pink after a sunset,

    listening to birds sing, thinking about polar bears,

    and sharing laughter, good food and

    a red wine with loved ones.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Welcome to the new academic year, 2019-2020!

    Any announcements, like sudden cancellations, will be here.

    If you come to class and the professor isn't here, please check here.

  • Monday 1

    AREA STUDIES

    [01] Meet and Greet

    [02] T-Shirt Project Overview

    [03] The Economics * (DL01)

    [04] Technology & Subsidies * (DL02)

    [06] Indonesia [satellite farms/spinning] * (DL03)

    [07] Two Sisters * (DL04)

    [08] Garment Industry * (DL05)

    [09] Bangladesh / Columbia * (DL06)

    [10] Nixon and Kimchi * (DL07)

    [11] Container * (DL08)

    [12] Taxes * (DL 09)

    [13] The Afterlife (DL10) * [Test Info]

    [14] Work, Trade, Clothes * (DL11)

    [15] Final Reports/Essay Due

     

  • Monday 2

    READING & DISCUSSION

    This course will inspire students to “awaken the goodness within themselves.” Students who take this class will have many opportunities to reflect upon their lives and to reassess the various choices that they make in their day-to-day encounters. Through various in-class activities and assignments, students will learn the importance of being authentic in their life choices and keeping an open, honest, and positive outlook no matter the circumstance.

     

    04.08 Class Intro & Syllabus Review

    04.15 Student Intro & Photo Session

    04.22 It Comes Around + Class Task

    05.06 Responsibility + Class Task

    05.13 Consider Possibilities + Class Task

    05.20 PRESENTATION 1 [What to Do]

    05.27 PRESENTATION 1 [What to Do]

    06.03 On Your Own

    06.10 Let Go + Class Task

    06.17 Yourself as a Gift + Class Task 

    06.24 Progress + Class Task

    07.01 Complaining + Class Task 

    07.08 PRESENTATION 2 [What to Do]

    07.15 PRESENTATION 2 [What to Do]
    07.22 Semester Review + Survey


    --SUMMER VACATIONS--
     

    09.30 Summer Vacation Task

    10.07 Imagination + Class Task

    10.14 Your Response + Class Task 

    10.21 No Class

    10.28 Your Own Life + Class Task 

    11.11 A Different Take + Class Task

    11.18 PRESENTATION 3 [What to Do]

    11.25 PRESENTATION 3 [What to Do]

    12.02 Faithful Choices + Class Task 

    11.09 World Lies Within + Class Task 

    12.16 Redefining Effort + Class Task + Survey

    12.23 PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01.06 PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01.14.2020 (Tue.) No Class

    01.20.2020 Final Review - Details TBA

     

     

     

    EVALUATION

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Quarterly Student Presentations, Weekly in-class Tasks/Contribution, and Semester Review.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Monday 3

    FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    This course will attempt to inspire students to cultivate an awareness of shin-zen-bi (truth, goodness, and beauty). Upon completion of this course, it is hoped that students will have gained a sense of direction by which to steer their lives. Through various in-class activities and out-of-class assignments, students will expand themselves and discover the qualities of truth, goodness, and beauty that lie within waiting to emanate from their deeper selves.

     

    04.08 Class Intro & Syllabus Review

    04.15 Student Intro & Photo Session

    04.22 A Good Listener + Class Task

    05.06 Comfort Zone + Class Task    

    05.13 Discipline + Class Task    

    05.20 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    05.27 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    06.03 On Your Own

    06.10 Each and Every Day + Class Task 

    06.17 Frustration + Class Task  

    06.24 Live Your Values + Class Task  

    07.01 Needs & Desires + Class Task  

    07.08 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    07.15 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    07.22 Semester Review + Survey


    --SUMMER VACATION--

     

    09.30: Summer Vacation Tasks

    10.07: Peace + Class Task  

    10.14: Ripples + Class Task  

    10.21: No Class

    10.28: See the Signs + Class Task      

    11.11: The Journey + Class Task 

    11.18: PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    11.25 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    12.02: Present Moment + Class Task   

    12:09: The Seeds + Class Task     

    12.16: Things Not to Forget + Class Task 
    12.23: You Can + Class Task + Survey

    01.06: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01:14.2020: (Tue.) No Class

    01.20.2020: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

     

     

    EVALUATION

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Quarterly Student Presentations, Weekly in-class Tasks/Contribution, and Semester Review.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Monday 4

    FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    This course will attempt to inspire students to cultivate an awareness of shin-zen-bi (truth, goodness, and beauty). Upon completion of this course, it is hoped that students will have gained a sense of direction by which to steer their lives. Through various in-class activities and out-of-class assignments, students will expand themselves and discover the qualities of truth, goodness, and beauty that lie within waiting to emanate from their deeper selves.

     

    04.08 Class Intro & Syllabus Review

    04.15 Student Intro & Photo Session

    04.22 A Good Listener + Class Task

    05.06 Comfort Zone + Class Task    

    05.13 Discipline + Class Task    

    05.20 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    05.27 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    06.03 On Your Own

    06.10 Each and Every Day + Class Task 

    06.17 Frustration + Class Task  

    06.24 Live Your Values + Class Task  

    07.01 Needs & Desires + Class Task  

    07.08 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    07.15 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    07.22 Semester Review + Survey


    --SUMMER VACATION--

     

    09.30: Summer Vacation Tasks

    10.07: Peace + Class Task  

    10.14: Ripples + Class Task  

    10.21: No Class

    10.28: See the Signs + Class Task      

    11.11: The Journey + Class Task 

    11.18: PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    11.25 PRESENTATIONS [What to Do]

    12.02: Present Moment + Class Task   

    12:09: The Seeds + Class Task     

    12.16: Things Not to Forget + Class Task 
    12.23: You Can + Class Task + Survey

    01.06: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

    01:14.2020: (Tue.) No Class

    01.20.2020: PRESENTATION 4 [What to Do]

     

    EVALUATION

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Quarterly Student Presentations, Weekly in-class Tasks/Contribution, and Semester Review.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Tuesday 1

    GLOBAL COMPETENCE A

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    For a study-abroad experience to fully achieve its educational goals and to maximize student learning, it is crucial for students to have intercultural communication education prior to leaving Japan. Studying abroad is a way to develop intercultural sensitivity and global competence, but only "spending time" in a foreign country without focused and appropriate preparation is truly mottainai. The lack of intercultural pre-departure education compromises students' ability to decode and bridge complex intercultural situations, find innovative solutions, plan effective communication strategies for adjusting to issues, and develop appropriate behaviors and attitudes. Meaningful relationships in the new culture are harder to establish. With proper education, misunderstandings, misjudgments, conflicts, confusion, and missed opportunities can be minimized. Human behavior and preferences are based on core cultural values and assumptions. For example, different cultures have different acceptable ways to express anger, cope with embarrassment or sadness, manage conflicts, show respect, relate to others, behave in a learning situation, etc., Students who have a theoretical framework of such intercultural matters, insight into one's ways, and a toolbox of skills will have a rewarding and enriched international experience.

     

    *Contact the Professor if you've forgotten the password. (Hint: An animal in romaji.)

     

    09.24 Orientation
    10.01 Introductions

    10.08 [1a] Intro II / Short Session

    10.15 [1b] Role, Family, Baggage 

    10.29 [2] Deep Culture, D-I-E   [V. Task Info]

    11.12 No Class

    11.19 [3] Challenges, Safety, Connected  

    11.26 [4] Adjustment Cycle  

    12.03 [5] Arrival, Exhaustion, Homesick    

    12.10 [6] Getting Settled, Relationships     

    12.17 [7] Culture Shock - Holidays   

    12.24 [8] The Return  [Presentation Info]   [Video Task Due] 

    01.14.2020 Test Preparation

    01.21.2020 Student Presentations + WebSurvey

     

    AUDIENCE:

    This course will develop skills and perspectives for students who intend to live or study abroad so that they will get the most out of their international experience.

     

    EVALUATION:
    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas:

    1. Participation, contribution, and attitude

    2. Weekly In-Class Task Sheets
    3. Video Project
    4. Final Presentation

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Tuesday 2

    GLOBAL COMPETENCE B

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    Culture can be compared to how fish relate to water: As long as we stay within our own culture, we don't take notice of things, everything is normal just as it should be. Only when we have fish-out-of-water experiences, do we realize that there are other worlds. Unfamiliar environments, values, and behaviors can be stressful, and they can lead people to make skewed judgments or react in a negative inefficient way to the "strange" culture. With cultural intelligence/intercultural communication education, however, people will discover that there are valuable gifts hidden in the unfamiliar, and at the same time, with renewed eyes appreciate the gifts in their own culture.

     

    CLASS CONTENT WILL CHANGE DEPENDING UPON THE CLASS MAKEUP.

    *Contact the Professor if you've forgotten the Password

     

     

    [SPRING SEMESTER, 2019 -2020]

    09.24 Course Overview
    10.01 Session A

    10.08 Session B - Start Time 12:00

    10.15 Session C

    10.29 Session D

    11.12 No Class

    11.19 Session E

    11.26 Session F

    12.03 Session G

    12.10 Session H

    12.17 Information Packet

    12.24 Test Preparation

    01.14.2020 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary + WebSurvey

    01.21.2020 FINAL TEST - Essay

     

     

    ORIGINAL

    04.16 Orientation

    04.23 Student Intro, Photo Session

    05.07 Video Project Information

    05.14 Cultural Intelligence + Discussion

    05.21 The Five Important Core Themes

    05.28 Change, Cognitive Style, Conflicts

    06.04 Control, Decisions, Flow, Formality

    06.11 PRESENTATION or MIDTERM TEST

    06.18 Freedom, Leader/Manager, Pace

    06.25 Quality, Rat/Emotional, Silence

    07.02 Comm, Process, Work Style
    07.09 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary

    07.16 FINAL TEST- Essay

    07.23 Final Review and Wrap Up

     

    EXPECTATIONS:

    Students are expected to come to class on time and with a positive attitude. Enrollment will be limited.


    EVALUATION:
    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Tasks, Presentation, Participation, Contribution, and Attitude. The more you speak up in class, the better your grade will be.

     

    TEXTBOOK:
    No textbook. Weekly printouts will be distributed.

  • Wednesday 1

    GLOBAL COMPETENCE C

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    There is a saying in Japanese: todai moto kurashi. In English, it means that people don’t notice things that are right under their noses. One’s culture is not something that many people think too much about, that is until they encounter someone from a foreign culture. Many young Japanese, when asked by someone from another culture why they behave in a certain way, or why things are the way they are in Japan, often are at a loss as to how to explain. This course will change that. By putting cultural concepts (which are often hard to see) in the spotlight and by analyzing values, attitudes, behavior patterns, and communication styles, students will be able to explain their culture to non-Japanese in a way that non-Japanese can relate to and understand. Global citizenry starts with an awareness and understanding of one’s cultural background.

     

    09.25 Course Orientation

    10.09 No Class

    10.16 Folklore

    10.23 Rice 

    10.30 Luck

    11.13 Remnant 

    11.20 Calisthenics

    11.27 Shortened Session - Documentary MINKA / (Handout)

    12.04 Sacred and Secular 

    12.11 Repellent

    12.18 Bath   [ Test Information ]

    01.08.2020 FINAL TEST - Vocabulary

    01.15.2020 FINAL TEST- Writing + WebSurvey

     

    EXPECTATIONS:

    Students are expected to come to class on time and with a positive attitude. Enrollment will be limited.

     

    EVALUATION:
    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas:

    1. Participation, contribution, and attitude
    2. Weekly In-Class Assignments
    3. Final Tests

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Wednesday 2

    ZEMI

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    The purpose of this seminar is threefold. The first objective is to improve students’ understanding of global issues relating to Japan in our interdependent world currently enveloped in a tide of uncertainty. Second is to gain a deeper sense of media literacy by developing a critical eye, digging for sources, finding hidden agendas or intentions, and evaluating persuasion techniques. The third is to enlarge students’ English vocabulary and communication skills. The ultimate aim of this seminar is for each student to grasp that it is not what we get but instead who we are and what we contribute that truly matters.

     

    OUR GLOBAL WORLD

    T-Shirt Project Overview

    The Economics * (DL01)

    Technology & Subsidies * (DL02)

    Indonesia [satellite farms/spinning] * (DL03)

    Two Sisters * (DL04)

    Garment Industry * (DL05)

    Bangladesh / Columbia * (DL06)

    Nixon and Kimchi * (DL07)

    Container * (DL08)

    Taxes * (DL 09)

    The Afterlife (DL10) * ["Test" Info]

    Work, Trade, Clothes * (DL11)

     

     

    WHITEBOARD REVIEW:

    04.10 Overview

    04.17 Session A (Ohgi & Yuuki)

    04.24 Session B (Hiro or Kazu)

    05.08 Session C (Hakamada)

    05.15 Session D (Minami)

    05.22 Session E (Professor Presentation)

    05.29 Session F (Kazu Presentation)

    06.05 Session G (Ohgi Presentation)

    06.12 Session H (Yuuki Presentation)

    06.19 Session I (Hakamada Presentation)

    06.26 Session J (Discussion)

    07.03 Test Information

    07.10 MID-SEMESTER TEST (Vocabulary)

    07.17 MID-SEMESTER (Writing)

     

    09.25 TED Talk: DeepFakes / handout

    10.09 No Class

    10.16 Handout 1 & 2 / Notes

    10.23 Handout 1 / Notes

    10.30 Handout 1 / Notes

    11.13 H.T.'s Life

    11.20

    11.27 No Class

    12.04

    12.11

    12.18 Text Preparation

    01.08.2020 FINAL TEST (Vocabulary)

    01.15.2020 FINAL TEST (Writing)

     

    *Mid-semester Vocabulary (multiple choice & short answer) & Final Exam (format TBA) in January 2020.

     

     

    EXPECTATIONS:

    Students are expected to come to class on time and with a positive attitude. Enrollment will be limited.


    EVALUATION:
    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Tasks, Presentation, Participation, Contribution, and Attitude. The more you speak up in class, the better your grade will be.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.

  • Thursday 1

    ENGLISH COMMUNICATION

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    This course is for BEGINNER level students. We will study old pop melodies (due to copyright issues) by international artists. Understanding natural, spoken English is often a challenge for Japanese students, and these enjoyable, catchy songs aptly demonstrate the confusing "sound changes" that occur in everyday speech. By the end of the course, students will have mastered several such sound changes and will not only be able to comprehend spoken English better but have more natural-sounding pronunciation as well.

     

     

    SPRING

    04.11: Orientation + Syllabus

    04.18: Intro + Photo Session + Warm-up

    04.26: Task_01 + Enya

    05.09: Task_02 + Carpenters

    05.16: Task_03 + Ben E. King

    05.23: Task_04 + Elton John

    05.30: Task_05 + Aerosmith

    06.06: Task_06 + Mariah Carey

    06.13: Check-in Class: On Your Own

    06.20: Task_07 + Back Street Boys

    06.27: Task_08 + NSYNC

    07.04: Test Info & Preparation

    07.11: Final Test (oral)

    07.18: Final Test Continued (oral)
     

    AUTUMN

    09.26: Orientation + Syllabus

    10.03: Intro + Photo

    10.10: Task_10 + Stevie Wonder

    10.17: Task_11 + Carpenters

    10.24: Task_12 + Eric Clapton

    10.31: Task_13 + W.Houston

    11.14: Task _14 + Diana Ross

    11.21: Task _15 +John Lennon

    11.28: Task_16 + Celine Dion

    12.05: Task_17 + Michael Bolton

    12.12: Test Preparation Task _18 + Vanessa Williams

    12.19: Oral TEST - Tongue Twister

    01.09.2020: Oral TEST - Tongue Twister

    01.16.2020: WebSurvey and Final Review

     

     

    EVALUATION

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Student presentation, weekly in-class task, attendance, and paper review.

     

    COMMENTS:

    This a VERY BASIC CLASS, and due to university regulations having to do with grade inflation, No “S" and “ A" grades will be given. As a general rule, students who complete this course will be awarded credit and the grade "C."

     

    TEXTBOOK

    Hit Parade Listening (2nd or 3rd Edition), by Kumai and Timson, Macmillan LanguageHouse, 2010.

     

  • Thursday 2

    SCIENCE ENGLISH

    DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES:

     

    [This course is for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED level students.] The area explored in this course will be the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit (with an emphasis on science and innovation): The Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs is a historic declaration ratified by 193 UN Member States outlining the goals and targets from 2016 to 2030. Your learning objectives for this course should be that by the end of the semester you should: (a) have become familiar with the broad contours of SDGs; (b) understand, appreciate, and assimilate information having to do with paths towards global prosperity, human well-being and a healthy planet; (c) have increased your vocabulary; and (d) have expanded your worldview.

     

    Further details are HERE.

     

    09.26 Orientation [New Room: 206]

    10.03 Overview of SDGs + Introduction

    10.10 End Poverty For All (1) 

    10.17 Zero Hunger (2)

    10.24 Good Health and Well-Being (3) 

    10.31 Responsible Consumption (12) **

    11.14 Presentation Preparation

    11.21 [4]Quality Education (Kosuke, Taishi, Taiga, Mihane, Ryunosuke, Nana)

    11.28 [5]Gender Equality (Mitsuhide, Taishi, Kento, Hisae, Kohei, Fujii, Shiki, Ayaka)

    12.05 [6]Clean Water (Yuuto, Riho, Yusuke, Misaki, Tasutomo, Sikako, Sara)

    12.12 No Class

    12.19 [10]Reduced Inequalities (Mai, Yudai, Minori, Atsushi, Ryuto, Ayane, Sayaka)

    01.09.2020: [14]Life Below Water (Hideto, Junna, Takahiro, Kaho, Saaya)

    01.16.2020: [15]Life on Land (Saruya, Arata, Saya, Mitsuki, Murumi) + Final Reports/WebSurvey

     

     

     

    PRESENTATION FORMAT SUGGESTION:

    Introduction / Connection with other SDGs / What is the Problem or Issue / So what? / Solutions / Conclusion

     

    TIPS:

    When showing a video, give an overview (a quick summary) first, so people know what to expect). CHOOSE MATERIAL THAT MOVES THE HEART, NOT JUST THE HEAD. Let people know the video length, too. If you want, you can make handouts, give a quiz, play a game, introduce music, perform a skit, have classmates come to the front of the room to demonstrate something, etc. Do things that make your talk engaging and helps get your point across. Give your presentation variety, visually and aurally. You can plant "helpers" in the audience if you think that's necessary. Include your sources for any charts. Be uptempo, don't sag unless it's deliberate. Rehearse a million times and make sure your computer will show any video in large screen mode without interruption. Have multiple back-up plans in case things don't go as planned. Do not "hide" behind the podium; be dynamic---think TED Talk or Steve Jobs!

     

    WARNING:

    If you do not come on the day of your presentation without a valid excuse (official letter from a doctor which will be verified), you will not pass this course.

     

    REPORT: On or before the last day of class, everyone must submit a written essay/report (in English, of course). Your assignment is to select one or more of the 17 SDGs and come up with an original solution to the problem(s). It is OK if the 'how' is not completely solid; what is essential is the thought that went into the solution and your ingenuity. Your paper should be between five and ten pages long. Quality is more important than quantity.

     

    COMMENTS:

    Students are expected to come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to express themselves in English. Student numbers will be limited due to classroom size and course content.

     

    GRADES:

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: In-class contribution/attendance/attitude, presentations, and report.

     

    TEXTBOOK:

    None.

     

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