The 2010 ELI Intro Classroom video for students

5 05 2010

Every April brings a fresh crop of teachers, learning advisors, and students to the ELI. While it’s impractical for all the students to meet each and every one of our lecturers, the ELI prioritizes creating a friendly atmosphere in our learning environment. In an effort to personalize our lecturers, the ELI has a tradition of creating a video introduction every year, which is then used in a classroom lesson.
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ELI lecturers Joachim Castellano, Simon Cooke, Ashley Moore, Eric Setoguchi, and Paul Stone led this year’s ELI Introduction Video effort. The team met several times in April to plan both a video and an accompanying lesson plan.

The ELI emphasizes an interactive approach to media, and Moore, Setoguchi, and Stone created a lesson which both checks comprehension and generates discussion. In addition, the lesson is intended to be tailored to a teacher’s specific class environment. Setoguchi explains, “As teachers will typically use the video in different ways based on their teaching approach and class level, the handouts are as simple as possible and designed for teachers to combine and alter them as they wish.”

The video features various ELI’ers responding to random questions from a bag. Ashley Moore, who masterminded this year’s video concept, reasons, “We wanted to create a bit more variety,” than videos in years past, adding that the team, “wanted to move [the video] past standard self-introductions.”

The video was recorded and edited at Kanda University’s media production facilities.

Joachim Castellano edited the video, adding additional visual and aural effects to enhance comprehensibility. The video also features original music from Simon Cooke,

who spiced up the introduction and preview versions with a track called “JunkFunk.”

The ELI legacy of Dr. Ben Fenton-Smith

7 04 2010

The ELI provides numerous research and professional development opportunities to its lecturers and learning advisors. Dr. Ben Fenton-Smith, former Assistant Director of Research and Development, advanced many of these programs and projects. Before leaving Kanda University for Griffith University in Australia, Ben Fenton-Smith talks about the ELI’s growth, dispenses advice to those working at the English Language Institute, and shares some of his favorite memories while working here.

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