A number of popular classes and talks were given by Linda while she was in Japan during the fall 2008.
These presentations ranged from formal university lectures to talks with community based and professional groups; visiting Kyoto Tohei Film Studios with Onomichi University students, to participating in discussions linked by 'Skype' between the International University of Kagoshima and Prince Edward Island University in Atlantic Canada.
The schedule included:
Meiji Gakuin University (Prof. Ayako Sato, Tokyo)
Japan Women's University (Prof. Noriko Shimada, Tokyo)
Onomichi University (Prof. Sadahide Tamura, Onomichi)
Aoyama Gakuin (Prof. Gregory Strong, Tokyo)
Aichi Shukutoku University (Prof. Mitoko Hirabayashi, Nagakute)
International University of Kagoshima (Prof. David McMurray, Kagoshima)
Shizuoka Chapter of JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teaching)(Hamamatsu)
Lion's Club (Onomichi)
Comments from Linda: "Working on a new film in Japan gives me the opportunity to spend time with many interesting university students, educators, young people and businessmen/women. Also, it has become a tradition on every trip to try and share a bit of Canadian life and stories with young Japanese children, through a series of 'free classes' specially designed for them. My way of thanking the many people for the incredible kindness, support, and generosity they give to me while I do my work in Japan. This past fall, I spent Tuesday and Thursday afternoons getting to know thirty-four cute 5 and 6 year old girls and boys at a local kindergarten. My weeks with Onomichi Yochien's English classes were so much fun!...Cooking pancakes from scratch together and eating them smothered in Canadian maple syrup. Painting faces and enjoying a Halloween party with games and pumpkin treats. And seeing them decorate gingerbread houses and gingerbread men cookies with LOTS of sticky icing and candies while singing, "We wish you a Merry Christmas".
In all the fun, you could see the children's comfort level and confidence speaking English improve by the minute!...And they loved teaching me some Japanese, too."
Onomichi University students visit Kyoto Tohei Film Studios
Some staff and students of Aichi Shukutoku University