Part 1: Shawn Clankie, 1990 College of Liberal Arts Graduate, French Major by Saluki Stories: Oral Histories from SIU (anchor.fm)
Part 2: Shawn Clankie, 1990 part 2 by Saluki Stories: Oral Histories from SIU (anchor.fm)




Hononegah grad living in Japan misses seeing people smile amid COVID (rrstar.com)

Hello Everyone

John Thurman

Hello Everyone

How are things going for you?

I would like to tell you what I have been doing in
making some videos for taking the TOEIC(Test of
English for International Communication) test.

If you have to take the TOEIC, I hope these
videos will help you.

I have been doing this series since April. So far,
I have made nine videos covering all seven parts
of the TOEIC.

I am at the halfway point in making these videos
and there are still seven more to go!

To make these Videos, I am using the great books
by Grant Trew on taking the TOEIC. I like these books
because they teach the strategies for taking the TOEIC.
By practicing the strategies. You have a better chance
of putting your knowledge of English to use during the
test-taking time. As you may know, no matter how much
you understand the content of the TOEIC, if you have
poor strategies, that knowledge will be wasted in lost
time and mistakes.

Let me introduce the videos for you. They are all on
YouTube for you. I will provide the links below for

Video 1

Video One talks about the basic philosophy of the TOEIC
and a short history of how it started.

In addition, there is a general overview of all the 
parts of the TOEIC with some great advice.

Available at: https://youtu.be/BOy7gd2ef9U

Video 2

Video Two gives advice on how you can study 
beforehand for the TOEIC.

This includes how you can improve your readings and 
listening skills you need for the TOEIC and how to 
study vocabulary.

Available at: https://youtu.be/CtkzzUU3MH8

Video 3

Video Three introduces how to do Part One of the 
TOEIC and general advice on doing the listening

Part One of the TOEIC are the Picture Description 
listening questions.

Available at: https://youtu.be/O5oO2RTJE5k

Video 4

Video Four gives advice on how to do Part Two 
of the TOEIC.

Part Two is one of the more difficult sections
of the TOEIC because, unlike the other listening 
parts, there is no written context for this part.
This part really tests your concentration!

Available at: https://youtu.be/NMVFb59YjcQ

Video 5

Video Five gives advice on how to do Part 
Three of the TOEIC emphasizing how to cope
with the new changes in this part.

Part Three has a conversation on the tape
and questions in the test booklet. Some 
conversations have three people speaking!

Available at: https://youtu.be/mObSwWFV_sg

Video 6

Video Six gives advice on how to do Part
Four of the TOEIC.

In Part Four, a person gives a speech and
you must answer questions related to that

Available at: https://youtu.be/CjByBZfvo_A

Video 7

Video Seven gives advice on how to do Part
Five of the TOEIC.

In Part Five, you must select the proper
word or phrase to put into a blank in a 
sentence in the test booklet. This part
test your vocabulary as well as your 
grammatical knowledge.

Available at: https://youtu.be/WkIBTcYpewg

Video 8

Video Eight gives advice on how to do Part 
Six of the TOEIC.

Part Six, similar to Part Five, but is a
longer, connected text. You must also 
consider the context of the text as well.
A new change is to insert the proper 
missing sentence.

Available at: https://youtu.be/8NDPaz8zFFs

Video 9

Video Nine deals with the most difficult 
part of the TOEIC: Part Seven.
Part Seven has questions for different 
kinds of texts and these can be one, two, 
or even three connected texts. Very Difficult!

Available at: https://youtu.be/82GDjH6y49U

So this is what I have done so far. I 
sincerely hope that you will enjoy these 
videos and that you may be able to benefit
from them.

Remember, it's not just what you know to 
take a test, but also what you know on how
to take the test. That is where strategy
comes in.

John Thurman












Daniela Caluianu
For three years, I have been conducting virtual exchanges with the Silesian University of Technology (SUT) in Gliwice, POLAND. I knew where to find Gliwice on the map, but I had no idea what a delightful city it was until last fall when my virtual exchange partner, Prof. Iwona Seta-Dabrowska, invited me to the SUT International Staff Training Week.
The concept of an ‘International Staff Training Week’ was new to me and I did not know what to expect. This made my enjoyment of the event even higher. There were tutorials, workshops, project presentations, social mixers: a great opportunity to learn new things, to meet colleagues from around the world and exchange ideas in a relaxed and and pleasant atmosphere.
This year, the pandemic made it impossible to travel and the International Staff Training Week was held online. I had the pleasure of attending again and, although I did understand a little why our students yearn for the return to face-to-face classes- yes, it is fun to talk to people over a cup of coffee or to meet with them for dinner when the day’s program is finished- I managed to have almost as good a time as last year. I sat through lectures, workshops and social gatherings for hours for five days in a row and I was neither bored nor tired even though Gliwice is seven hours away and I had my classes during the day.
I have no doubt that organizing such an even, on campus or online, is not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. I have learned so much during these days from tips on how to use online resources to creative ideas for projects and many other things too. Thank you organizers, you did a wonderful job! I wish we could have an International Staff Training Week at OUC. Even a small one would be nice.


Yesterday, October 26, was the first day of our new Virtual Exchange project with the Silesian University of Technology, Poland. The topic of the project is innovation. Students in English Composition 1 will collaborate with their peers from SUT to create and advertise an innovative product based on a Japanese gadget. Yesterday, we met online and the OUC students gave a short presentation about Japan. I am looking forward to the next meeting.
Daniela Caluianu

Reflections on the 4th International Virtual Exchange Conference

Daniela Caluianu



The 4th International Virtual Exchange Conference

Daniela Caluianu


The 4th International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC4) opened on September 14th at Newcastle University in the UK. I attended the Opening Ceremony and joined the Rapid Mix that followed- a good opportunity to get to know some of the other participants. I had the chance to speak with colleagues from South Africa, Mexico, the Netherlands, Venezuela, France, the United States and Britain. From my home in Sapporo. Due to the pandemic, the conference is held online.
We are going through tragic and frightening times when millions of lives around the globe have been thrown in disarray.  It is hard to find positive aspects in the current situation. In spite of this, there are  voices talking about the pandemic as an opportunity to rethink our way of life and change it for the better. This hopeful message can be frequently encountered at IVEC4. Many of the speakers express the idea that, for universities in particular, the disruption of the regular activity  is also an chance to innovate, to carry out the promise of digital technologies and to transform education making it better suited to the challenges of the 21st century.  I have no doubt that the conference will be a great success.

E122B Zoom class had a distinguished guest from Sweden

Daniela Caluianu


On July 9th, our English 122B Zoom class had a distinguished guest from Sweden: Alastair Creelman, e-learning specialist at Linnaeus University in Kalmar https://lnu.se/en/staff/alastair.creelman/ . Alastair very graciously accepted to answer our questions. And not only that! After an hour-long Q&A session on how to cope with online learning, he invited us to a walk through the beautiful village Ljungbyholm, 15 km south of Kalmar. Another opportunity to ask questions and learn new things. More on the walk in a future posting. For now, here are some of Alastair’s very useful tips on how to make most of online learning, how to avoid falling behind or become stressed. For more online learning wisdom, check out Alastair’s English blog on education and technology at https://acreelman.blogspot.com. THANK YOU, Alastair!



What are you Reading? #2

Shawn Clankie
Professor of Applied Linguistics
I’m reading Shane The Lone Ethnographer by Sally Campbell-Galman.
This is a great book for students, particularly graduate students, who want to do field research. The book is written in cartoon form and is very easy to understand. Students who use this book will be better researchers and will write better. I would encourage my colleagues to read this as well, both as a refresher and so they can recommend it to their students. Your job as supervisor will be easier as a result.
A copy of this book in the university library.