As KUIS 8 has now been open for just over a week, we would like to share some initial observations with you and also remind you of some opportunities for students. Feel free to pass relevant information along to them. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions for us, feel free to talk to any of us in the SALC (or email email@example.com).
1. Observations so far
The students are clearly excited about using the new space and SALC staff are working hard to make sure students are aware of all the opportunities available to them including working closely with ELI teachers during freshman classes. We are working on improved signage, developing the website, trying out different spaces and events, and making tweaks to the layout based on observations and student feedback.
The SALC received on average more than 1000 visitors per day. (These figures are based on physical counting each hour and do not include the ELI Academic Support Area on the 2nd floor)
Table 1. Number of users per day
Table 2. Students using each area of the SALC
(SR – Study Room)
Table. Busiest times in the SALC
3. Language policy
Students are asked to use English only on the 2nd floor. This has been easy to maintain when teachers and LAs are on duty or when international students are present, but more support needs to be given to help them to use English with each other. Any language is OK on the 1st floor, but we are still discussing ways to actively encourage more target language practice.
4. Eating and drinking policy
Students are able to eat and drink anywhere in Building 8 apart from in the study rooms, in The Park, and near PCs (but bottled drinks are OK). Students have been following the policy well and keeping the facilities free of trash.
5. Cafe SALC
Cafe SALC opened on April 17th and is open limited hours at the moment. Students can order in English or Japanese. The cafe is run by the KUIS catering company (not the SALC). The cafe does not accept cash, only WAON cards which can be purchased at AEON. https://www.waon.net/language/en/
Opening hours (for now)
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 12.30 – 16.00
Tue 12.30 – 14.00
6. Credit modules and courses
All places on the SALC Effective Language Learning Courses have been filled again this semester. In addition, all places were filled on the optional credit SALC modules. In other words, more than 300 students will be working closely with learning advisors on setting and implementing self-directed learning plans this semester. We will be announcing whether there are places available to take a non-credit module after Golden Week. Enrollment for credit SALC modules and courses will open again in September for the fall semester. http://kuis8.com/modules/
Feel free to remind your students that they can use the Learning Help Desk or make a reservation to see a learning advisor. This is open to everyone, not just module takers. Advising is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai. http://kuis8.com/advising/
8. Ongoing orientations
Please refer to the e-booklet for teachers for details of ongoing workshops and orientation. The appendix lists the learning advisors who are assigned to each freshman class. https://goo.gl/6uRBgG
9. Workshops and events
We have a range of SALC workshops and events in April. We will be doing a call shortly inviting teachers to offer workshops from May onwards and details will be posted here http://kuis8.com/community-events/ Please can you remind your students about them.
10. Opportunities to use the SALC space
If you would like to use areas of the SALC such as The Stage or The Workshop with your students, you can make a reservation online http://kuis8.com/spaces/#other-spaces Feel free to contact us in advance of your class if you need help with equipment, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Learning materials
There is a map guiding students to the range of physical materials we have available. More details and links to online resources can be found on the website http://kuis8.com/resources/
If you would like to suggest materials for the SALC to purchase, please send requests to Miho Funakura. Please make sure that the requests are suitable for self-access learning and of potential interest to the KUIS student body. email@example.com
12. Twitter and Facebook
Please encourage your students to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so that they learn about events, hear about recommended materials and strategies and keep up to date with SALC news.
13. International student involvement
The SALC will be hosting two international student interns this semester and also calling for international students to volunteer in the SALC and participate in different events. Details will be available shortly.
14. The ELI Academic Support Area
The SALC team has been working closely with the ELI to make sure that the Academic Support Area is available to students. Students can make appointments and get help with writing and presentations, and can also practice conversations with teachers. http://kuis8.com/advising/academic-support/
Students can also meet teachers casually at the yellow sofas (the English Lounge) at scheduled times.
Thanks for reading – and thanks again for helping us to support students in developing their language learner autonomy through the SALC services.