Introducing Building 17 on the Aoyama Campus

We’re pleased to announce the opening of the new building on the Aoyama Campus, Building 17. When we make our move from the Sagamihara to the Aoyama Campus next year, I think you will be pleased with what the new building has to offer. Gregory Strong and I had an opportunity to explore the lower floors of the facility a few weeks ago. We were surprised by how many clubs and circles were already making the most of the spacious and comfortable rooms. There’s an expansive cafeteria on the first floor, and most of the administrative offices that were formerly scattered around the first and second floors of Building 8 have moved to one large room on the second floor of Building 17.

During the slightly earthquake-delayed construction process

Gregory Strong making a “white glove” inspection of one of the classrooms

An artist’s rendering of Building 17 and its soon-to-be-relandscaped environs.

The roomy and gleaming cafeteria on the 1st floor.

Interesting mix of retro blackboard and newfangled chalk dust vacuum…being tested by a mischievous Gregory Strong.

Map showing the location of Building 17, confusingly labeled as “20.” It is just to your left as you enter the main gate of the campus.

About Jodias

J.V. Dias, an American from San Jose, California, is currently the co-coordinator of the Integrated English (IE) Program and a member of the Communications Unit of Aoyama Gakuin University's English Department. In the last few years he has published articles that appeared in two TESOL texts: Dias, J.V., & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In Teaching Listening: Voices From the Field (N. Ashcraft and A. Tran, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 9-31. AND... Dias, J.V. (2009). A Web of Controversy: Bringing Critical Thinking Skills Online. In Adult language learners: Context and innovation (G. Strong and A. Smith, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 97-105.
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