HIROKI UCHIDA (AKITA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY)
SEITA SUGII (Akita International University)

ENGLISH VILLAGE PROGRAM AS A TEACHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

English Village (EV) is a three-day English learning program designed and developed at Akita International University, which accommodated more than 1,800 participants in the last four years. This is unique in that the whole program is prepared and implemented by the undergrad/grad students. One of the two main purposes of the program is to reduce participants' anxieties against using English in the classroom. FLCAS (Horwitz, 1986) has been used to measure the participants’ anxiety levels. The result of survey over the four years shows that the EV program has successfully achieved its goal. The first half of this presentation outlines the structure of the EV program with the statistical data. In the second half, the result of the second main purposes is be reported: how the program has been functioning as opportunity for the teacher development.

Hiroki Uchida started his teaching career at a Japanese high school in 1989. He is currently teaching at Akita International University, and is Dean and Director of Graduate School, Head of English Teaching Practices Program, Graduate School of Global Communication and Language.

Seita Sugii is enrolled in ELT program, graduate school of Global Communication and Language, Akita International University, Japan. He is the Director of the English Village Program. He will start teaching at a Japanese high school in April, 2020.