My name is Akitsu Koyama. I was born and raised in Tokyo. I had a chance to came to the U.S. when I was 16 years old as an exchange student and lived on a horse farm in Kentucky with an American host family for a year. I received my undergraduate degree in International Politics from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. I worked as a cabin attendant for ANA(Japanese airline) and Austrian Airline. After getting married and having our kids, I started working as a researcher at ANA Strategic Research Institute and had a class for studying hospitality/International understanding at the University in Japan. I have lived in Lausanne, Switzerland and Dusseldorf, Germany with my family for 2 years. I am looking forward to learning new things and bring those to Japanese schools.
This course will provide participants with a better understanding of English as a Second Language or English as a New Language students in the U.S.A. and find a way to motivate and support those students. The ENL/ESL students who first came to the U.S.A. will face many changes in their lifestyle and the way of communication dramatically. The first year in the U.S.A. is particularly difficult and it is important for them to have someone to help and encourage their English developments. This course will provide educators as well as students’ parents/guardians a way to help and encourage ESL students to support those students.
Needs Assessment/Analysis of the Learner and Context