Thursday, February 10, 2011

St. Mary College Student Interview

Hi, on the My Podcast Project page you can find a project I recorded for the Electronic Village Online 2011 Podcasting class. It is an interview with the students in my homepage making class at St. Mary College in Nagoya, Japan that was conducted on February 10, 2011.
The students English level ranges from CIE1 (currently our lower level course) to AD1 (currently our highest level course) and their ages range from about 19 to mid-twenties. Some of the students have already completed university and/or various types of vocational training while others came to St. Mary College directly from high school. You will hear in the interview about the students' experiences at St. Mary College as well as some of the interesting plans the students have for their future lives.
The music used in this interview is Peace, Unity, Love and was downloaded from Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/en/).
I would like to give special thanks to the students for their help and support in making the podcast.
To listen to the podcast, just click on the play button. If you are using a Mac, the podcasts don't seem to play when using Safari, so aonther web browser such as Firefox would be better.
If you want to download the podcast so you can listen to it on your i-pod or another device, go to the i icon on the right side of the player and click the link to the podcast page.
Please leave comments or other thoughts about the podcast. I'm sure the students would love to hear from you!
Thanks,
Wendy

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hi

Hi Everyone!
My name is Wendy Gough. I have a Master's Degree in English with a focus on TEFL/TESL from Colorado State University. A few years ago I also took the Principles and Practices of Teaching Online certificate course through TESOL.
I've been teaching English for about 12 years, 9 of which have been in Japan where I've worked at junior high schools, colleges, and universities. For the past 5 years, I've been working at St. Mary College/Nunoike Gaigo Senmon Gakko in Nagoya. St. Mary College is a small Catholic college specializing in English. We offer skills courses as well as content courses such as literature, philosophy, or critical thinking. After two-three years, our students often move on to Japanese universities or one of our affiliate schools overseas where they enter as third year students.
My job is teaching skills courses-primarily writing, but also listening, reading, TOEFL, TOEIC, and sometimes speaking. This semester I am also teaching yoga and homepage making classes. In the past I have worked part time at Hiroshima University and the Colorado State University Intensive English Program.
When I'm not working, I love doing and studying about yoga and swing dancing with an international group here in Nagoya. I also dabble in fashion design and make a lot of my clothes.