Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Louise Ohashi

Proposed title

Developing Foreign Language Skills Online: An Investigation of the Independent Learning Practices of Female University Students in Japan

Summary

I teach English in Japan, where most students do not have access to English in face-to-face contexts. They do, however, have access to it through the Internet. There is an extensive body of research that shows the benefits web-based tools can offer language learners so many educators incorporate them into their courses and publish research related to this. However, knowledge on what happens beyond the reach of formal education ­­— in other words, understanding of learners' independent online practices — is quite limited, as is research into how teachers can support students in their private learning pursuits. My project, which was conducted at a women's university in Tokyo, aims to expand on what is known about the use of web-based technology in language education, particularly in relation to independent use, and provide guidelines for educators who wish to reach beyond their classes to make long-term differences to their students' learning practices. It addresses these goals through a mixed methods longitudinal study that was conducted by collecting basic data from a wider sample of 128 students, and follow-up data from a subsample of 25 students. Data collection took place between April 2014 and July 2015. The data has been coded and analysed, and I am currently writing up my thesis. I am working on Chapter Two now (April 2016) and hope to submit by the end of the year, so watch this space for news on the results of my study (or check http://sauvage.academia.edu/LouiseOhashi for conference slides – see below for those marked with an *).

Why I chose CSU

I did a GCert in TESOL at Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne in 2002 and was told at the time that it would give me credit for half of a GDip of TESOL at CSU. I had never heard of CSU or considered DE, but when I moved to Tokyo and started thinking about upgrading my qualifications, I checked out CSU's website, made some enquiries then decided to enrol. I finished the GDip and went straight onto the MEd (TESOL), graduating in 2009. In mid-2012, when I decided I wanted to do a PhD, I found myself back at the CSU website. I used the site to find out information about potential supervisors, the application process and opportunities for scholarships. A few months later I had two very supportive, knowledge supervisors who backed my application and I also managed to get a fee-waiver scholarship. I went to the site interested in starting my doctoral studies but undecided. The support and encouragement I got from staff there (the graduate studies officer,  the sub-dean and my supervisors) helped me turn my interest into something concrete. I could not be happier with my decision to study at CSU. 

Engagement and memberships

JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching)

JALTCALL SIG (a group for educators interested in computer-assisted language learning/ICT in language education)

Publications

Please note that many of the articles and presentation slides are available on http://twcu.academia.edu/LouiseOhashi

Articles

Ohashi, L. (2015). Enhancing EFL writing courses with the online student response system Socrative. Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenkyu, [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies], 19(1), 135-145.

Ohashi, L. (2014). Integrating technology into EFL writing courses: Reflections on blog-based peer feedback. Paper presented at the Fourth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2014, Osaka, Japan. (p. 268-278). Retrieved from http://iafor.org/archives/proceedings/ACTC/ACTC2014_proceedings.pdf 

Ohashi, L. (2014). Using the Internet to foster independent and collaborative learning: Reflections from students in an EFL writing course. Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenkyu [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies], 18(2), 125-135. Retrieved from http://sucra.saitama-u.ac.jp/modules/xoonips/detail.php?id=SSC-JA2014-01802-011

Ohashi, L. (2014). Understanding what motivates and deters language learners: An experiment with Facebook Groups. PeerSpectives.12, 26-27. Retrieved from http://peerspectives.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/louise-ohashi1.pdf

Ohashi, L. (2014). 日本で妊娠したオーストラリア人の回想録 (Memoirs of a pregnant Australian in Japan). Hikaku Bunka: Institute of Comparative Studies of Culture. 60, 15-16. *Published in Japanese

Ohashi, L. (2013). Virtual resource rooms: Using blogs to share EFL materials with teachers and students. Paper presented at the Third Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013, Osaka, Japan. (p. 114-121). Retrieved from http://iafor.org/Proceedings/ACTC/ACTC2013_Proceedings.pdf  

Ohashi, L. (2012). World Englishes in the Japanese context: An exploration of Japanese unviersity students' perspectives. Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenkyu [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies], 17(1), 41-48. Retrieved from http://sucra.saitama-u.ac.jp/modules/xoonips/detail.php?id=SSC-JA2012-01701-004

Ohashi, L. (2012). Boosting English skills through blogging: Does it work? Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenkyu [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies], 16(2), 77-83. Retrieved from http://sucra.saitama-u.ac.jp/modules/xoonips/detail.php?id=SSC-JA2012-01602-008

Ohashi, L. (2011). Blogging as a form of homework: Teacher and student perspectives. Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenkyu [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies], 16(1), 41-49. Retrieved from http://sucra.saitama-u.ac.jp/modules/xoonips/detail.php?id=SSC-JA2011-01601-005

Ohashi, L. (2010). Exposing Learners to World Englishes Through a Multiliteracies Approach. Kokusaikeiei Bunkakenky [Cross-cultural Business and Cultural Studies],, 14(2), 1-9. Retrieved from http://sucra.saitama-u.ac.jp/modules/xoonips/detail.php?id=SSC-JA2010-01402-001

Ohashi, L. (2010). An evaluation of peer feedback within the scope of an English writing course. Sougou Fukushi Kenkyu [Social Welfare Research Bulletin], 14, 43-76.

   

Book Chapters

Ohashi, L. (2014). Using an online student response system for needs assessment. In C. Chan and E. Frendo (Eds), New Ways in Teaching Business English (23-25). TESOL Press.

 Conference Presentations (PhD-related are marked *)

Ohashi, L. (April, 2016). Improving Language Education with Digital Technology: Tales of Resistance and Encouragement from Japan. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Kobe, Japan.

*Ohashi, L. (November, 2015). Enriching independent learning with digital tools. Paper presented at the 37th Japan Association for Language Learners Annual International Conference (JALT 2011), Shizuoka, Japan.

*Ohashi, L. (August, 2015). Exploring the long-term impact of incorporating digital technology into a foreign language course. Paper presented at EuroCALL 2015, Padova, Italy.

Ohashi, L. (June, 2015). Becoming an EFL Professional: The scenic route. Paper presented at EFL Teacher Journeys 2015, Shinagawa, Japan.

*Ohashi, L. (June, 2015). Helping Students Help Themselves with Digital Technology: An Investigation of the Role Teachers Can Play in Shaping Students' Private Study Practices. Paper presented at JALTCALL 2015 Conference, Fukuoka, Japan. 

Ohashi, L. (April, 2015). Building an English community outside of the EFL classroom with Facebook Groups. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Kobe, Japan.

*Ohashi, L. (March, 2015). Supporting "digital natives" by scaffolding online learning. Paper presented at the 21st TESOL Arabia International Conference and Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ohashi, L. (November, 2014). International Research in Educational Technology. Invited roundtable member at TCCfx 2014, the Technology, Colleges and Community Online Mini-conference (Hosted by the University of Hawaii).

Ohashi, L. and Mette-Mork, C. (November, 2014). Online tools to streamline administration and optimize language-learning opportunities. Paper presented at the English Teachers in Japan Expo, Tokyo, Japan. 

Ohashi, L. (2014, April). Bringing web-based tools into the classroom: A workshop on the online student response system "Socrative". Paper presented at the 19th Annual "Technology, Colleges and Community" Online Conference (through the University of Hawaii).

Ohashi, L. (2014, April). Technology in the EFL writing classroom: Enhancing learner opportunities with an online student response system and a blog. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Osaka, Japan.

Ohashi, L. (2014, February). Understanding what motivates and deters language learners: An experiment with Facebook Groups. Paper presented at Paperless: Innovation and Technology in Education, Chiba, Japan.

Ohashi, L. (2014, January). Finding the best online tools for language learners: Factors to consider before jumping into the next class project. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Humanities and the Arts, Waikiki, Hawaii.

Ohashi, L. (2014, January). Collaborative learning in an EFL writing course: Using the Internet to develop English skills and build knowledge. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Humanities and the Arts, Waikiki, Hawaii.

Ohashi, L. (October, 2013). International Roundtable Session. Invited roundtable member at TCCfx 2013, the Technology, Colleges and Community Online Mini-conference (Hosted by the University of Hawaii).

Ohashi, L. (2013, April). Virtual resource rooms: Using blogs to share EFL materials with teachers and students. Paper presented at the The Third Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013, Osaka, Japan.

Ohashi, L. & MacGregor, L. (2011, November). Blog your way to successful communication classes. Paper presented at the 37th Japan Association for Language Learners Annual International Conference (JALT 2011), Tokyo, Japan.

 

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