Week 8

I attended a session titled ‘Project Management’, which was very useful! The tutor showed us some models and methods for applying a scientific model of corporate or programme management to an academic environment. Specifically, three factors, cost, time and scope, represented as the ‘Triple Constraint’ triangle was very interesting. It gives you a clear idea of how to balance each factor in your project.

I also found a useful website Program Success, which explains the model in detail and effectively!

Good project management is all about control, completion and quality definition. The tutor stressed planning the project weekly:

  • set blocks per week
  • set weekly goals
  • keep weekly achievements

My achievements from Week 8:

  • I made a substantial change in my research proposal and submitted it.
  • Teaching went well.
  • I joined two research seminars.

Goals for the next week are to

  • prepare for the 3rd supervision meeting
  • attend three training sessions
  • do more student-led activities in class
  • work on literature review, adding at least 700 words by 3rd March

As for my social life, I still have no close friend here! Strangely, I haven’t felt the necessity to socialise with friends for now, and it might be because Luca has greatly supported me, and I have enjoyed interacting with my students on a daily basis. But I always hope to have a friend in this town to have a bit of a social life!


Spring Week 6

Spring week 6 was about transitive verbs, and I introduced new 12 verbs and corresponding particles, following our textbook. The process of the lesson tended to be a lecture style. We had a speaking activity for about 15 minutes but we should have more, and I need to consider having more student-led classes. My teaching style tends to be a teacher-led when I try to make it informative. I do want to have more time for creative activities and want students to enjoy speaking casually and informally.

Week 7

I had another meeting with my supervisors this week. The conclusion is that I have to finally start writing the literature review of my thesis, which will be assessed in September. I am also working on a statement about the research plan. I am about to plunge into ‘writing’!

Luca and I had our first Valentine’s Day together and had dinner at our favourite restaurant. I had vegetarian meal: grilled mushroom for the starter, mushroom ravioli for the main course and cheeses for after the meal. They were very delicious! I think I use mushrooms for cooking at home almost every day.

On Thursday and Friday, I talked to my parents on Skype. They told me that my uncle has been unwell and his condition was just past the critical stage. My mum said that he wants to sort out his properties and he was wondering whether I would like to take over a small house from him or not. I spent years living at the house when I was very young, and I have always had a great attachment to the house, even now. He knows my feelings. However, taking over the house from him means a lot of things so it is not just a matter of owning it. It includes taking responsibility for the family traditions and customs and looking after the family’s graves in the region. His wife and children have already left the area and live in a different place. This is going to be a big decision to make, as I currently live in the UK and I am planning my future abroad, not in Japan.