I probably shouldn't be spending time writing a blog, but I feel kind of stuck on my course paper, and I just don't feel like doing homework -- as ill-advised as that may be. So I thought maybe this might help get my thoughts in order.
One of the reasons I decided to move to Japan was because I wanted to get my Master's. Temple University has a campus in both Osaka and Tokyo, and they offer a Master's progrm that allows students to take courses non-matriculated. That is, before being accepted into the program. Well, I always thought that I would like to study linguistics, but I was very reluctant to go through the effort or financial trouble if I wasn't sure I would really take to it. So, this was a good chance for me to see how it would go before fully committing.
For the record, I just turned in my matriculation application documents earlier today -- so I guess that means that I'm going for broke!
Last semester, I took a course on English sound systems and teaching pronunciation. This semester, I'm taking a course titled the Applications of Cognitive and Educational Psychology on Second Language Acquisition. It's incredibly fascinating!
It's a LOT of reading, but incredibly fascinating!
For my course paper, I decided to evaluate the cognitive processes involved in the language immersion program being run at my school. More specifically, I wanted to discuss the effectiveness of the lessons based on studies on the memory systems and language production. There's a lot I need to research, but I'm excited to do it, even if I am procrastinating on it right now. It's a little overwhelming, working full-time while being a part-time grad student. To think I bemoaned homework back when it was the only thing I was responsible for!
I will probably go into more detail at some other point; for now, I think this update is sufficiently long enough. And I need to sleep!
Until next time.
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