In 2008 the ELCC was established to formalize KUIS’s contributions to the development of English language teaching and learning at other institutions throughout Japan. The ELCC is staffed primarily by former ELI lecturers who have enjoyed the opportunity to continue working with the Kanda family. To date some of the KUIS inspired initiatives have included: curriculum development, course delivery, e-learning and self-access related projects at a number of institutions across Japan.
The main project for 2008-2009 was the establishment of the Bunkyo English Communication Center (BECC) at Hiroshima Bunkyo Joshi Daigaku. Two former ELI lecturers, Caleb Foale and Gene Thompson, were appointed as the centre’s Directors. The BECC is modeled on the curriculum and SALC initiatives of the ELI and from April 2010 will comprise 10 lecturers – 8 teachers and 2 learning advisors; 9 of whom are former ELI members.
Since 2008, the ELCC has also assumed responsibility for the planning and delivery of the ‘Practical English’ Program run at Tohoku University and other public universities in Japan, with ELI teachers being offered the opportunity to participate in this program as both materials designers and course instructors.
2010 promises to be an exciting year for the ELCC with the establishment of the Sojo International Learning Center (SILC) at Sojo University in Kumamoto, Kyushu. The SILC project will involve 7 former ELI members with Jon Rowberry, Chris Stillwell and Scott Crowe leading the team in their respective positions as Director, Assistant Director (Curriculum) and Assistant Director (SALC). Four new lecturers have also been appointed to the SILC.
The total number of lecturers working in the ELI (KUIS) and ELCC (BECC & SILC) will total 84 from April 2010.