2011 Princess Takamado English Essay Contest
Congratulations to 2011's winners of the Princess Takamado Essay Contest!
Mr. Katsuya Kobaru has won first prize this year with his essay, "The Potential of English Education". He will attend the University of Alberta's English Language School after graduation from Kwansei Gakuin University later this year.
Mr. Takuya Mitsushige, from the International University of Kagoshima was the recipient of our second place prize. Because of his insightful essay, "Changing English Education in Japan from the Grass Roots", he is planning to start his studies in the English Program through the Faculty of Extension in July of 2012.
And a special thanks also goes out to all of this year's Judges:
Dr. Kyoko Oi, Professor of English in the Faculty of Education, Chiba University
Mr. Eric Petersson, First Secretary, Academic Relations, Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan
"I was impressed by the quality and thoughtfulness of the submissions
of each of the finalists. They had all done their research and were
invested in the topic. It was difficult selecting among them, and expect
that they will all do well at the next step in their academic lives."
Mr. Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute, University of Alberta
"I was impressed by the quality of the essay submissions in this
year's contest. It also seemed significant to me that young Japanese
students are devoting serious thought to foreign language acquisition
in Japan, and by extension to the broader question of Japan's place in
the 21st century globalized world."
Dr. Martin Guardado, Associate Professor/Academic Director of the English Language School, University of Alberta
“[The Potential of English Education] is a well-written and well-researched
essay with a strong academic focus. Excellent engagement with relevant concepts.”
“[Changing English Education in Japan] contains a discussion that is embedded within
the broader Asian context and the local national reality. One of the strengths of
this essay is its careful attention to essay structure.”