Week 30

    The ethics committee has finally granted my ethics clearance! It was in Week 20 that I started working on the application forms. It took two-and-a-half months to shape my research protocol, information sheets and consent forms. A couple of weeks ago, I received a request for modifications from the committee, and resubmitted a response […]

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Students’ feedback

I have received students’ feedback on last semester’s course. Overall, they are sweet comments, and I very much appreciate their acknowledgements, like ‘the teacher, and the material we focused on, made the course a highly enjoyable experience’. From my point of view, I believe that only students make a course an enjoyable place to learn. […]

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Week 29: Graduation week

  Week 29 was my Master’s graduation week! I am not finishing yet, as I am still doing my PhD studies at the same university, but I wore the graduation gown, attended the ceremony and took many photos with my old classmates, which was a very nice reunion event. I met Luca at the university […]

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Week 27-28

    I received an email from the ethics committee requesting some modifications to my ethics applications. I need approval urgently because, without it, I cannot conduct my preliminary fieldwork in August. I spent three days amending the documents on the basis of suggestions from my second supervisor. I was so grateful for her prompt […]

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Summer Week 10

I have finished all my teaching jobs for the summer semester! For the last class, I brought some snacks and juice, which we enjoyed for the last 30 minutes of the lesson. I was so glad to know that they really enjoyed the refreshments. For the past six months, since I started my language courses […]

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Outreach: Japanese culture & language

I delivered five sessions on the Japanese culture and language at a secondary school. A total of 125 students in Year 8 (25 students in each class) joined the session, which was more of an interaction style between us than the presentation style I did last time. I fully enjoyed all the sessions with the […]

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