On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 5th JASAL held a (free of charge) tour of three SACs in the Kobe area on the first day of the ILA 2018 Conference.
Overcoming delays and difficulties presented by typhoon Jebi which hit this region very hard the day before, a sizable international group managed to gather at our meeting point and start on our three-stop adventure.
Konan University Nishinomiya campus CUBE O-Zone
We met at Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station and walked to CUBE O-Zone. After an introductory talk by Michael Hollenback and Aeric Wong, we held a valuable q and a session in which we talked about challenges we face with issues such as funding resources, managing student staff and events, and dealing with noise. We also had the chance to introduce ourselves and get to know our tour members.
Konan University Okamoto campus Global Zone Porte Language LOFT
Then we took the Hankyu Kobe Line to Okamoto Station, and walked to Konan Global Zone Porte Language LOFT. The LOFT tour was organized by Thomas Mach and we enjoyed presentations by Shari Yamamoto and Tenga Nakamori about the facilities, had time for a quick q and a session, and then had a chance to explore the spaces.
At LOFT, students can get stamps for visiting the space and speaking in English for an hour, for completing a task, or for attending an event. These stamps count towards credit for college English speaking classes. Amazingly, LOFT holds daily events for students.
Konan Women’s University e-space (ILA 2018 venue)
(University HP: http://www.konan-wu.ac.jp)
Finally, Konan Women’s University provided a bus service to take us to e-space, where Hisako Yamashita, Beth Schlingman, and enthusiastic student volunteers Yui Fukushima and Yukino Watanabe introduced the facility. We then took the opportunity to explore the space and speak with the e-spacers.
One of the many attractive and engaging displays in e-space is the wall full of student vision boards, onto which students stick images which hep them to visualise their future dreams.
It was a very successful day and an inspiring start to the ILA conference for all!
Unfortunately, the post-conference tour of E-CO at Otemon Gakuin University, in Ibaraki City, Osaka, which was scheduled for Monday 10th September, 2018, had to be cancelled due to bad weather. It will be rescheduled asap.
Information about E-CO can be found here: https://www.otemon.ac.jp/cis/campus/eco/english.html