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August 09, 2011

Roundup: What's in a name? • Free access to TESL Canada Journal • Willis at ERWC • Todai offers courses in English

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Name-Order" Japan Probe has an interesting piece on Japanese name order and whether when dealing in English names should be presented "as the romans do" or not. The New Horizons high school textbook now tells students to introduce their name in Japanese order when speaking in English.

TESL Canada has decided to allow free access to its scholarly journal as of the latest issue -- which includes articles on pronunciation, pre-reading strategies and the effects of social media on language teaching.

Russell Willis will be discussing issues in the design of extensive reading materials for iPhone and iPad at the Extensive Reading World Congress in Kyoto (September 3~6). The ELT News editor, in his day job as president of software development and publishing company, will talk about his experience designing the soon-to-be released Oxford Bookworms apps.

Tokyo University will launch its first undergraduate degree programs taught entirely in English in October 2012, offering two degree courses -- Japan studies and environmental sciences -- at its College of Arts and Sciences. Todai president Junichi Hamada wants to make the university an international place of learning where talented students from across the world come to study.

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