October 2022 SIETAR Kansai: Coping with katakana pronunciation: Tools for intelligibility

Speaker: Najma Janjua (Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama)

Date: October 30, 2022 (Sunday)       

 Time: 14:00-17:00

Fee: Free for all                                                      

Language: English

ZOOM Online presentation *registration required*Contact: fujimotodonna@gmail.com to get the Zoom link or for any questions.

Description: Katakana pronunciation, a manifestation of L1 interference, presents a major obstacle for Japanese English language learners, both in making themselves understood and in how they are viewed by the international community. This presentation will introduce a set of pedagogical tools in the form of pronunciation practicing guides to help Japanese students achieve intelligibility in oral communication by minimizing interference from their L1. Test trials of the guides, conducted on over 100 students, showed a remarkable improvement in students’ intelligibility, thereby offering a promising approach to train learners to minimize L1 interference when speaking English. The approach has the potential to be utilized in every walk of life, but is particularly relevant to the field of medicine where error-free communication is indispensable for safe and reliable care and can even be a matter of life and death.

Najma Janjua holds a PhD in human genetics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and is currently a professor at Kawasaki Medical School in Kurashiki. She is the recipient of the Quebec Ministry of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Japan Ministry of Education Research Scientist Fellowship, a JSPS Special Researcher Fellowship, the Best of JALT Award, TESOL’s Award for Teacher as Classroom Action Researcher, TESOL’s Mary Finocchiaro Award, and Japan’s National Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research. Dr. Janjua’s research interests in language education include English for medical purposes, language transfer, and EFL education in Asia. She is the past-chair of TESOL ‘s English for Specific Purposes—Interest Section (ESP-IS) and presently serves as a Councilor on the executive board of Japan Society for Medical English Education.

September 2022 SIETAR Kansai: The Repatriation of Artifacts: The Atomic-bombed Cross in Nagasaki 2022年9月 SIETAR関西 「遺品の引き揚げ:長崎の原爆十字架」

SpeakerTanya Maus (Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio)

Date: September 11, 2022 (Sunday)          Time: 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Fee: Free for all                                              

Language: English

ZOOM Online presentation *registration required*

Contact: fujimotodonna@gmail.com to get the Zoom link or for any questions.

日程:  2022年9月11日(日)    

時間:   9:00~12:00(正午)※注:通常とは異なる時間です!!

費用:  無 料  

言語:   英 語



Description: In keeping with the world’s increasing sensitivity to history and culture, there are more and more examples of historical artifacts being repatriated to their places of origin. One important case is the return of the a-bombed cross to the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki. After World War II, the cross was brought to the US by an American marine, and he donated it to the Peace Resource Center (PRC) at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. The director of the Center, Tanya Maus, was instrumental in the repatriation, and she will share the story of this remarkable event. This a-bombed cross is not only reminding us of the past, but it is continuing to touch our present by creating new social and political networks resulting in relationships of healing.


Tanya Maus has a PhD in modern Japanese history from the University of Chicago. At Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, she teaches courses in the history of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as on Japanese imperialism in East Asia. Since 2015, she has been the director of the Peace Resource Center (PRC) in Wilmington, Ohio. Her work is dedicated to raising awareness of the danger of nuclear war, which is exactly the mission of the PRC’s founder, Barbara Reynolds, a lifelong Quaker peace activist. The PRC holds the Barbara Reynolds Memorial Archives, an internationally famous historical collection, and it is the goal of Director Maus to make its contents widely available to the public.



August 2022 SIETAR Kansai: Nomad Monk, Nomad Dharma and Inner Adventure 2022年度8月 SIETAR関西「遊牧民の僧侶、遊牧民のダーマの内なる冒険」

SpeakerBhante/Chipamong Chowdhury (Theravada Buddhist monk, storyteller, teacher)

Date:     August 7, 2022 (Sunday)

Time:     9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE from usual time     (the reason: our speaker will be on the east coast of the US)

Language: English

Fee:      Free for all

ZOOM Online presentation *registration required*

Contact: fujimotodonna@gmail.com to get the Zoom link; for any questions.

講演者: Bhante/Chipamong Chowdhury (上座部仏教の僧侶、ストーリーテラ ー、教師)

日程:   2022年8月7日(日)

時間:   9:00~12:00(注:通常とは異なる時間です!!)            *理由:講演者がアメリカ東海岸在住のため

費用:  無料

言語:   英語



Description: Bhante – the nomad monk – who does not believe in “vacation”, and yet he constantly travels with no aim, no destination, and no end date! In this lecture, he will share his unusual-monk’s travel stories, monastic nomadism, inner adventure, and nomad dharma.

概要: バンテ ー 遊牧民の僧侶 ー は「休暇」を信じず、目的もなく、目的地もなく、終 了日もなく、常に旅を続けています。この講演では、彼の珍しい僧侶の旅の話、僧侶 の遊牧、内なる冒険、そして遊牧民のダーマを紹介します

Presenter:Bhante/Chipamong  is the self-defined nomad monk. He is a Theravada Buddhist monk, storyteller, and contemplative teacher. He teaches at the Chautauqua Institution NY. He is the board director of the HDHS network and co-editor of the book: Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Journal of Contemporary Buddhism, Buddhist Studies Reviews, and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, among other publications. Originally from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, and now he lives in Washington DC and NY. He has studied at the Naropa University, Colorado, University of Toronto and was a fellow at the center of justice at Columbia University NY. Now, he is a youtuber monk where he shares nomad mindfulness



Bhante/Chipamong ー自他共に認める遊牧民の僧侶。上座部仏教の僧 侶であり、語り部であり、瞑想の教師でもある。ニューヨーク州シャトークワ研究所で教鞭をとる。HDHSネットワークの理事であり 『Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations』の共 同編集者。『Harvard Divinity Bulletin』『Journal of Contemporary Buddhism』『Buddhist Studies Reviews』『Journal of Religion and Popular Culture』 などにエッセイや評論を発表している。バングラ デシュのチッタゴン丘陵地帯出身で、現在はワシントンDCとNYに 住んでいる。コロラド州ナロパ大学、トロント大学で学び、ニュウーヨーク州コロンビア大学のセンター・オブ・ジャスティスでフェローを務めた。