Ken Ikeda （ケン・イケダ）
I am an American-born Japanese from Los Angeles, California. I am interested in English education (English language identities) and Asian American culture (history and media representation).
I want to give students many ways and opportunities to discover relationships between their study, their interests and their lives. It is my hope to help students build communication and critical thinking skills, so that they can become mature and ready for Japanese society and the global community.
- “The Paired Learner Interview : A Preliminary Investigation Applying Vygotskian Insights.” Language, Culture and Curriculum, 11:1 (1998) : 70-95.
- “Eyeing, Adapting Diversity Training Activities to Japanese Settings.” Otsuma Review 44 (2011) 67-78.
- “Language Learning Strategies Use in University and Beyond.” JALT 2012 Conference Proceedings (2013) 170-178.
- “Examining Asymmetries in Computer-Mediated Comunication and Collaborative Learning Between Teachers.”大妻女子大学紀要（文系）47（2015）27-38.
- Special Topics in English
- Academic English
- Speaking (Basic)
This seminar is on Asians’ English language identity: the causes, influences, developments, and manifestations. We study how Asians and other minorities have used English, and are seen by others.
In the spring term, students explore their English self in the past, present, future. They listen and write down what others say, and try to understand why and how they say (transcribing). After watching a movie on how English is used for socialization and communication, students undertake a project to research how people use English abroad. In the autumn term, first students focus on what identity is, personally and socially in groups or communities. Then they look into media representations (movies, TV, internet) of Asians perceived by the English-speaking world (including Hollywood). 4th year students will write 20 page graduation theses in English.
- The Changing of the Existence and Significance of Japanese Towns in America
- The Factors of Appearance Which Influence Identity Among Hapa People
- Attitudes of Chinese-Born Chinese (CBC) Mothers Concerning In-Group Competition with other CBC Mothers and Children
- Analyzing Features of Assertive Communication in Family Dialogues in a “Gossip Girl” Episode