Special Lecture: Jason Chare / Tokyo English Life Line

The speaker, Jason Chare, is the Executive Officer and Director of Life Line Services at the Tokyo English Life Line (TELL). Although next year TELL will celebrate its 40th anniversary, there are many in Japan who have never heard of it, or, for that matter, the organization that served as its inspiration, “Inochi-no-Denwa,” the Japanese-language suicide prevention life line. In this talk, Mr. Chare will put Inochi-no-Denwa and TELL into perspective by talking about the purpose of life lines and the functions they serve.

Students in these teachers’ classes will be attending this lecture, but all others are also welcome:
IE Seminars: Jerome Martin, Joyce Taniguchi, Joseph Dias
IE II Core: Terry Browning, George Okuhara-Caswell, Jeff Bruce, Graham Courtney


EVENT: IE Program Open Lecture Series
WHO: Mr. Jason Chare
TOPIC: Talk on the “Tokyo English Life Line”
WHEN: December 21th; 1:10 PM – 2:40 PM
WHERE: Sagamihara Campus, F-308

Jason Chare’s talk also will…

  • report a bit on how TELL responded to the mental health demands of the multiple 3/11 disasters and its role coordinating efforts with other Life Lines and NGOs.
  • give some practical advice about what teachers and students can do if they know someone who is under emotional distress.
  • introduce some active listening skills employed by life line volunteers.
  • allow students to practice some role plays and put some of those listening skills into action.
  • inform students about volunteer and employment opportunities at TELL and at other NGOs.

Read this fascinating article about a recent film which suggests steps Japan might take to reduce cases of suicide or suicide attempts: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201212200011. This is a Website that presents information about the film: http://www.saving10000.com/.

Find out the wide variety of work that TELL is involved in by accessing this interview with Jason Chare, published on the Website of “Tokyo Expats by Tokyorelo.com”: https://tokyorelo.com/wordpress/tag/jason-chare/.

Read about the activities of TELL in this article published in The Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan: http://bccjacumen.com/issues/2011/04/lending-a-listening-ear/.

To better prepare for the lecture by getting exposure to some of the words and phrases that may come up, why not take the WB-DAT (Web Based Depression and Anxiety Test), “a clinically validated electronic screening program that asks you a series of questions about depression, anxiety and panic symptoms.”

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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