Materials Shared for IE Teacher Orientation 2024

Teachers may wish to review ideas that were circulated during last year’s IE Orientation at this link:

These were ideas, activities, tasks, and suggestions offered by teachers in the lead up to the 2024 IE Teacher’s Orientation. 


Mary Nobuoka, an IE Core teacher, recommends using Sonia Millet’s speed reading exercises from Paul Nation’s website: (which features other great resources as well). Speed reading takes about 7 minutes of class time and helps students see their progress as their reading speed scores increase over the term!

This doc is a chart which students fill in with their reading speeds as they do speed (timed) reading exercises at intervals throughout the semester.

Brian Damm has contributed (in Doc and PDF formats) forms that can be used by students when they prepare their Media Discussion Reports:


Tim Gutierrez presents at the IE Orientation on the topic of “Teacher Generated Writing for Teaching Writing Feedback.” Here is the handout to refer to for that presentation: .


Yoko Munezane who has been teaching an IE Seminar on Positive Psychology has generously shared a handout showing how her students take a survey to become familiar with and to determine their character strengths before they embark on writing a “character strengths” journal, reflecting on their emotions and feelings ignited through their daily activities. Here is the handout:

In a video he created for the IE Program Vimeo Showcase, Jacob Schnickel describes his IE Seminar A, THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND.

Here is a summary of the content of that seminar:

You know the names Sony, Netflix, Airbnb, but have you ever been curious about the origins of these companies? In this seminar we will learn about the founders of some of the world’s most recognizable brands as well as some lesser-known ones. Through books and podcasts, we will explore seemingly impossible dreams, garage experiments, and the unique personal philosophies that lead to the innovations we now take for granted. You will develop language competency through conversation, presentations, reading, writing and listening on the topic of building businesses and designing products. And, throughout this seminar, we will be looking for practical strategies that we might apply in our own lives in an effort to become more productive, effective, and successful.

Sebastian Brooke created this video for the IE Program Vimeo Showcase that describes his IE Seminar “IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION AND REPRESENTATION—MEDIA AND SOCIETY” .

Here is a summary of that seminar:

In this course students will explore the ways in which identities are constructed, with a particular focus on how the following concepts affect our identity: Language, Nation, Education, Gender, Media, Economics, Societies, Cultures and Subcultures. This course will involve regular readings from a course textbook, as well as an exploration of online materials that relate to identity formation at individual, national, and global levels. Students will be regularly involved in discussions about these topics as group leaders and participants. By the end of the course students will have also learned skills of analysis through an “Identity and Media Project.”

At the IE Orientation on April 6, 2024, Rob Russell, Kevin Kamermans, Forrest Nelson, and Catherine Takasugi will describe their IE Seminars and how they were developed. To see descriptions of each of them go to and scroll to the bottom of the document there. 


A teacher who served in the IE Program for most of its history, Deborah Bollinger, speaks about what led her to teaching, how she came to be an advocate for career planning and the work of our Career Center, and what the Integrated English Program has meant to her [19 Jan 2024]:

Over the years she has made numerous contributions to the program, including being a catalyst for the development of a plagiarism policy and the design of a curriculum more resistant to plagiarism. [Video credits to Blair Thomson.] 

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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