Communication strategies are the circumlocutions and methods we use to explain words and notions. Even professional interpreters make use of these. This workshop will offer Ideas and hands-on practice for teaching communication strategies to all levels of learners. Participants are welcome to the materials!
Born in North Dakota, John E. Plagens grew up in the Philippines from ages 5 to 14 as the son of educator missionaries. He graduated from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana with a B.A. in English in 1977 and moved to Japan that same year as member of the Volunteer Youth Ministry of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. John worked in Tokyo from 1978 to 1981, Niigata from 1981 to 1983, and returned to Tokyo from 1983 to 1986 for teaching and editing/translation work at the Sony Corporation. He repatriated to the for graduate work at the University of Minnesota from 1986 to 1988, where he earned an M.A. in ESL and graduate minor in Japanese in 1993 following completion of his graduate thesis.
Following various teaching positions and further editing and translation work at the Sony Corporation, John began teaching as a part-time instructor at Japan Lutheran College (then Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary) in 1991. He assumed a full-time position in spring, 1994, as an instructor in the Liberal Arts (English). John was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1997 and full Professor in 2007. He was a founding member of the Asia Lutheran Education Association (ALEA). John has done teaching workshops and curriculum development for schools in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Banda Aceh Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan.
John is currently a full-time professor of English and intercultural communication at Japan Lutheran College where he directs the international study tours and exchange programs, a part-time instructor in academic reading and writing at Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, and a guest professor in the Graduate School at Tohoku University. He also serves on the board of ALEA as well as acting as a supervisor for the Benesse Corporation Worldwide Kids English and Global Education programs.
John-san no Eigo no Atama wo Tsukuru Hon (Guide for academic writing), Intermedical, 1997 (5th printing, 2003)
It’s Not What You Think; Cultural Sights and Insights (college-level English reader) with Katsuyoshi Nakamura, Kinseido, 2003
A Handbook of Japanese Grammar Patterns for Teachers and Learners (Member of translation and editing team), Kuroshio, 2015