人文学部 国際英語学科 ニュース


We asked Ágota Duró, a firm favorite with our students, to look back on her first year with us in the Department of International English. Here are her thoughts.
(2023年4月に国際英語学科に仲間入りしたÁgota Duró先生に、この1年間を振り返ってもらいました。)

Ágota Duró on campus on a blue-sky day

It has been almost a year since I started teaching at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, but it seems like only yesterday. During my first year I was in charge of many English classes, which meant that I had the opportunity to teach and get to know a lot of students. Depending on their major, students had different interests, but I built a strong bond with them through various group activities, which meant that even those students previously not interested in English began to enjoy the classes. Teaching the English classes has been a very fulfilling, precious, and rewarding experience. The students also used an online library system called "XReading" and read short books on various topics every week. Learning English is a gradual process but "XReading" undoubtedly helped students increase their vocabulary as well as their reading speed in English.

Besides the English classes, I had the chance to interact with students from Bowling Green State University (USA) and give a lecture to them on various perspectives related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Since Peace Studies is my specialty, this experience helped me prepare me for my upcoming Peace Studies courses that I will teach next year at HJU.


I also appreciate the various campus events (such as Orientation Camp, Halloween, and Ayame Festival) in which I could participate and build a good relationship with many students and colleagues. During the Open Campus events and Open Seminars, I could get to know prospective students, and I was always delighted to see how enthusiastically they learn English and take part in various group activities. Additionally, I was in charge of the English Café during the second semester, and every week some lovely and smart students visited my office. We always had a lot of fun while practicing English conversation and learning new words. What made me even happier is that one very talented student eagerly learned Hungarian with me, which is my native language.

Since Hiroshima Jogakuin University is a Christian university, it organizes various events and talks related to Christianity on a weekly basis, which I mostly tried to attend and as a result could gain new perspectives.

Outside my teaching hours, I had the opportunity to make further progress in my research, attend academic conferences, and participate in an educational workshop in Hokkaido. Additionally, my doctoral dissertation will be published as a book by Lexington Books, an American academic publishing company, presumably next year. I am really grateful to Hiroshima Jogakuin University for the supportive environment that enables me to continue my research.

In retrospect, this has been a wonderful and very fulfilling year and I honestly enjoyed every day at Hiroshima Jogakuin University. Not only could I build positive and friendly relationships with many of the students and my colleagues, but I could also gain valuable teaching experience. From this April, I am really looking forward to facing new challenges, meeting and teaching new students, and further pursuing my passion.

It has been wonderful having Duró sensei in our department and the students and teachers look forward to spending more time with her over the upcoming years.

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Recently, the first instance of our online, on-demand course Perspectives on Peace, concluded. The Department of International English was very excited to offer our students a chance to work with learners from our partner universities in the Philippines and Indonesia, and through the hard work of all involved, we are happy to report that it was a success. We are also very excited to announce that the second session of this course started on December 1st, and this time, we've got even more students from around the world taking part.

Students' feedback showed that they especially valued the chance to learn about how academics, activists, educators and artists work with and for peace, enjoyed the live recorded musical performances and powerful first-hand stories, and appreciated being able to learn about different perspectives and cultures from the diverse group of students.

The highlights of the course were the final presentations given by students, which were as diverse and interesting as the classes offered by our guest lecturers. Students shared their own experiences and views on topics from martial arts and the psychology of peace to dark tourist sites.


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Some of the diverse and interesting presentations given by the students

I asked one of our students here at the Department of International English, YY, who is currently studying abroad in the United States as part of an exchange program, to share her experience of the course.

"The most memorable of the students' final presentations was one given by a student from the Philippines. The university this student attends has a history of being invaded by Japanese soldiers during World War II. I was not aware of the history of the invasion of the Philippines by Japanese soldiers, so this was a new perspective for me. Most interestingly, at the end of his presentation, the student mentioned that he planned to plant hibakujimoku seeds at his university, which we learned about in this course, to remember this tragedy and to promote peace".

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YY giving a presentation as part of her study abroad exchange in the United States

I was happy that this student, like others here at HJU, was able to build on their experiences of fieldwork in Vietnam, and also their current study abroad, by having a further chance to interact with people from around the world. The particular student she mentions has been setting up a new project with Green Legacy, one of our partner organisations on the Perspectives on Peace course. These kinds of developments are one of the reasons we are excited to see the many new faces when we start the course again this December. Joining students from the Department of International English, we have participants from our exchange partners in the United States, as well as many guest students from our partners in Southeast Asia. I'm looking forward to seeing them interact with each other, and to seeing what presentations they come up with at the end of the course!

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