日本語
Sophia University 
Faculty of Foreign Studies 
Department of English Studies 

Professor 
Okimoto Kenneth 

 

Research background
1. Digitized over 200 articles, essays, analyses, video clips, and uploaded them to and organized them on the Sophia University Media Center’s moodle website.

Purpose: My purpose in uploading the above files to the Sophia University Media Center’s moodle website is to try to accelerate and enhance the learning process for my students.

First, there is the convenience of moodle. The uploaded readings and video clips can be accessed by a student from a school or home computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It therefore allows the student to enhance his learning on any day or at any time that is convenient for him. He is not confined to study within certain prescribed hours, as he would be if he were studying at, for example, a library.

With the additional time that is invested into studying, the student can not only be more knowledgeable about the subject at hand, he can also be better prepared for any upcoming class exams, discussions, papers, etc. And when he is better prepared for the class, his academic performance is enhanced.

In the 2 years that I have been using moodle for my classes, I have seen a noticeable improvement in the papers, presentations, etc. by my students. For example, in my seminar on Contemporary American Literature, my students have been incorporating still shots from the video clips on the moodle website into their research papers, using the “Insert” function on the toolbar in MS Word. Being able to incorporate this kind of visual evidence into the papers helps enhance the persuasiveness of the argument and the overall quality of the papers.

2. Worked on Tokyo Shoseki’s New Horizon junior high school English textbooks, giving advice on the English as a native speaker of English and an educator in the field of English-language education. My responsibilities included attending numerous meetings to create new English material (conversations, stories, etc.) for use in these textbooks.

During the meetings, the work was generally collaborative. Working with about 10-15 educators in the field of English-language education, we would discuss what kind of content would be suitable for the textbooks, brainstorm possible ideas for the content and the form that it would take (i.e. story, conversation, etc.), and proceed to write the content, contributing everything from themes and scenarios to individual sentences, lines and words, all the while keeping to the language and vocabulary level for junior high school students as prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

3. Developed a method of discussion in an Introduction to American Culture class in an effort to stimulate the English-language students in the class to use as much English as possible in a discussion setting while striving to tackle intellectually-stimulating cultural and literary themes and be able to articulate them well in English. 

Work experience
Reitaku University  非常勤講師  1990/09/20-1991/03/16 
Aoyama University  非常勤講師  1990/09/27-1991/03/20 
Kanagawa University  非常勤講師  1991/04/01-1992/03/25 

Academic background
University of California-Los Angeles  Faculty of Literature  1979/06/30  Others  United States of America 
University of California-Santa Barbara  Creative Writing  1980/06/30  Others  United States of America 
University of California-Los Angeles  Faculty of Literature  1981/06/30  Graduated  United States of America 
University of California-Los Angeles  Playwriting Theater  Doctor prophase  1986/06/30  Completed  United States of America 

Academic degrees
Bachelor of Arts  Univ. of California-Los Angeles  1981/06/30 
Master of Fine Arts  Univ. of California-Los Angeles  1986/06/30 

Research keywords
Media 
Education 

Subject of research
American Media and Film 
Discussion Methodology 
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Bibliography
『英会話リズムワールド : リズムにのってラクラク話せる!』(地球人ブックス, 1)  深沢俊昭, ケニー・沖本著 ; 相原真理子, 深瀬正子訳  アルク  1989/08 
JUNIOR PROGRESSIVE ENGLISH-JAPANESE DICTIONARY  (ed.by)Yoshida Kensaku OKIMOTO KENNETH  SHOGAKUKAN  1997/11 
JUNIOR PROGRESSIVE Japanese-English Dictionary  (ed.by)Yoshida Kensaku OKIMOTO KENNETH  SHOGAKUKAN  1999/01 
Junior progressive English dictionary  (ed.by) Kensaku Yoshida ; OKIMOTO KENNETH  Shogakukan  1999/01 
『NEW HORIZON1』  OKIMOTO KENNETH、編集委員  東京書籍  2001/02/10 
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Papers
William Carlos Williams: Aspirations Toward Self-Definition Through a Variable Rhythm  Okimoto Kenneth G.  Studies in humanities  神奈川大学人文学会  1992/05/10 
The irrational nature of humor--An analysis of Woody Allen's Annie Hall  OKIMOTO KENNETH  Bulletin of the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University  Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University  1993/03 
The Art of the Metaphor in the Fiction of W.P.Kinsella  OKIMOTO KENNETH  Bulletin of the Faculty of Foreign Studies,Sophia University  Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University  1996/03 
USING FILMS IN THE FOREIGN-LANGUAGE CLASSROOM "ORAL PRESENTATION"  OKIMOTO KENNETH  1997 
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Teaching achievements
Discussion Methodology  1991/04/01-Present 
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Memberships of academic societies
アメリカ学会  1996-Present 
Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)  1993-Present 
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