Bio: Ken’ichi Yamazaki is an associate professor at Akita Prefectural University, Japan. He
received his MA degree and PhD in English literature from Chiba University. Formerly, he
was working at Teikyo University. He started to teach English in Akita in 2020.
He established English Club, an extracurricular group, about 10 years ago in a Japanese
college. Since then, he has been in charge of the club students who are eager to practice
speaking English. He meets English Club members after classes three days in a week, and
there he guides them to enhance their speaking skills using various methods.
An introduction of English-speaking extracurricular activities at a Japanese university
Abstract: His presentation has three parts. First, an introduction of English Club. The
speaking topics, practice methods, advantages of English Club, and other points will be
explained. Second, quantitative and qualitative analyses on the members’ speaking skills.
Some results of his recent research will be presented in this section. Third, various stories
of English Club. Merits of club activity, limitations of teaching, and other things about
English Club will be finally discussed.
Date Saturday June 17th, 2023
Starting at 2 pm
Title: An introduction of English-speaking extracurricular activities at a Japanese university
(Zoom – Akita JALT members with be sent a Zoom link for the presentation)
All others who would like to join can send an email to: email@example.com and the zoom link will be given.