SALC survey results (4): The Conversation Lounge (yellow sofas)

This is the fourth post featuring the SALC survey results. A survey was administered to KUIS students in July 2016 in order to get their input on various facilities and support in order to inform improvements when we move to Building 8. Over the coming weeks, we will share some of the results on this news blog and on the student Facebook page.

It is important to understand why the yellow sofas were rated overall as “Satisfactory” so that we can improve the lounge area in Building 8. The open-ended responses help us to understand. The main reason was that the same group of students dominate the space and make it inaccessible (comments made by 11 respondents), e.g.

決まった人しか座っていなく、既に作られたコミュニティの中には入りづらい雰囲気がある The same students always use the Yellow Sofa and it is difficult to enter the community if you are not a member.

Other reasons were that the place was too noisy, the belief that you have to be good at using English to go there, that it’s difficult to talk to teachers, that some people use Japanese, that teachers are not available in 5th koma, and that the chairs are not comfortable.

This comment was very interesting. We want to make sure that the lounge and other facilities in Building 8 is welcoming to everyone:

話せない子に全く向かいえる、態度がなく。モチベーションが元々高い人しか利用できないところ。ちょっと失望した。There’s no welcoming atmosphere for students who are not good at speaking in English. The SALC is only for students who have high motivation. I was little disappointed.

SALC Survey Results (3): How did the respondents rate the various areas?

This is the third post featuring the SALC survey results. A survey was administered to KUIS students in July 2016 in order to get their input on various facilities and support in order to inform improvements when we move to Building 8. Over the coming weeks, we will share some of the results on this news blog and on the student Facebook page.

234 people completed this question. Respondents generally rated the areas positively. The facilities with the highest rating were The Practice Centre, MPRs and Edutainment Booths.

Chart 1. How respondents rated the areas

3-chart1Ratings were higher by frequent users, for example, the Yellow Sofas were generally rated as “excellent” by the 54 students who used them “often” or “always”.

Chart 2. Ratings of the Yellow Sofas by frequent users

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Workshop: Introduction to Advising in Language Learning

Introduction to Advising in Language Learning
Workshop by Jo Mynard

Slides

Advising is the process of working with learners to enable them to think deeply about the learning process in order to steer their own paths as autonomous language learners (Esch, 1996). After a brief overview of the field of advising, participants will learn about some advising strategies and tools that can promote reflection on learning. We will then practice some basic advising strategies that provide the learner with the sense of being listened to (repeating / mirroring / restating / summarizing). These active listening strategies are useful for working with learners, but are also effective for everyday life. Continue reading

Learning advisor position available in Kyoto, April 2017

The Foreign Language Autonomous Support Room at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies has openings for one full time learning advisor (LA). This position is at the lecturer or senior lecturer level and is for a one-year period commencing April 2017. Recruitment is being managed by the English Language Consultancy Centre (ELCC) at Kanda University of International Studies. There is an option to transfer to a similar position at Kanda University of International Studies
in Chiba on completion of the contract to begin a two-year contract (renewable twice up to a maximum of six years based on mutual agreement).

Start date: April 1st, 2017

Application deadline: January 5th, 2017

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in applied linguistics, TESOL or closely related field