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Bringing the World to Otaru: The OUC English Lecture Series

 
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Bringing the World to Otaru: The OUC English Lecture Series
by Eric Hagley - Sunday, 5 March 2017, 8:57 PM
 

Sun 23 April 2017
Bringing the World to Otaru: The OUC English Lecture Series
Presenter: Professor Shawn Clankie
Time: 2-4pm (with a 20 min break at about 2:50pm for refreshments and mingling)
Cost: 500 yen (members free)
Location: Otaru University of Commerce Satellite (N5W5, 3rd Floor, above Kinokuniya Bookstore), Large Lecture Room (大講義室).
This talk focuses on the creation of an English lecture series as a means of both fostering L2 language use and in recreating the experiences found at many overseas universities. This is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a series--from the management and logistical aspects, to the budget and securing of funding, to the continuous recruitment of speakers. In this sense, it is a “how to” guide for building a lecture series, looking at the successes and failures that have taken place during the first seven years of the series. It is the speaker’s hope that other universities will consider the creation of a similar series, and that this talk and the data provided will help them to do so.

Bio: Shawn Clankie is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Otaru University of Commerce. He is the founder and host of the Otaru University of Commerce English Lecture Series. Started in 2010, with a goal of making the language real for the students of OUC, the series will celebrate its 100th event in the summer of 2017.