Symposium on Culturally Familiar Material Development


Hi everyone

Please click here to download the symposium booklet.

The registration room is A46b. It is on level 4 of building 本館, which can be found here

From the main entrance, please take the first flight of stairs you see. There will be signs and a person there to help, if needed.

Also, below is a schedule of speakers if you don't want the comprehensive booklet above (but you really should want the above).

Hope to see you there!









Prof Torigoe

Prof Ando

Opening remarks.

Opening remarks.

9:50-10:50 featured workshop

Prof Murphey

Featured workshop - Transformative Translingual Songlet Singing.

11:00-11:30 (3 parallel presentations)


Michael Hollenback

Mulia Teguh Nguyen

Daniel Andrzejewski

Research for Justice: How to Investigate Culture in EFL Textbooks.

The Japanese Classroom Memory Palace

Implementing Kubota’s “Four Ds” Approach to Culture in EFL Classrooms.

11:40-12:10 (3 parallel sessions)

Joan Gilbert


Nathan Ducker

Hershey Wier

Preparing students to address conflicting cultural differences through awareness of their local culture.

Conversation management strategies for intercultural conversations.

Hidden reasons for a lack of culturally appropriate materials in EFL education: A call for awareness, inclusivity and student empowerment.




13:20-14:20 Plenary

Prof Yasuko Koshiyama

Is Culture/Language Mismatch a Problem? Developing a Japanese and English Hybrid Language Class/Textbook

14:30-15:00 (3 parallel sessions)

Olivia Kennedy

Mehrasa Alizadeh

Joshua Solomon

Falling in love (again): Baseball, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus.

Visuals in EFL Materials: What Teachers Should Know.

Workshop on “Translating Japan to the World”.

15:10- 15:40 (3 parallel sessions)

John Jackson & Gordon Carlson


Michael Iwane-Salovaara


Jeanette Kobayashi

Using culturally familiar material to measure gains in writing and listening skills - a qualitative study.

The contrasting role responsibility plays in Japanese and English communication and the influence of kishoutenketsu.

Constructivism and creating culturally familiar material.

15.50-16:50 featured workshop  

Prof Greg Goodmacher

Developing Intercultural Competence through Japanese Culture & EFL.


17:00-17:30 (3 parallel sessions)


Daniel Tang

Shirley Ando, Noriko Mori & Susette Burton

Robert Sheridan & Kathryn Tanaka

Culturally familiar material and its impact on speaking.

Kitsuneudon, Omotenashi and all things Japanese: Revisiting the Past to Engage EF Learners.

Culturally Familiar Materials Creation: Capturing student interest by using news and pop culture.

17:40-17:50 closing

Prof Ashihara

Closing remarks.

18:00 Reception/dinner


Reception at E’s Kitchen.


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