Chubu University Professor Tadashi Shiozawa delivers a lecture on cross cultural communication.

Chubu University Professor Tadashi Shiozawa delivers a lecture on cross cultural communication.

Chubu University Professor Tadashi Shiozawa meets with students at OHIO’s Yamada International House.

Chubu University Professor Tadashi Shiozawa meets with students at OHIO’s Yamada International House.

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Tanaka-OHIO Award winner Tadashi Shiozawa visits Athens Campus

Chubu University Professor Tadashi Shiozawa returned to Ohio University in November to deliver a lecture on cross cultural communication, meet with students and be honored for his work in international education.

Shiozawa, who has taught at Chubu University in Japan since 1990, is the 2016 winner of the Tanaka-OHIO Award for Excellence in Global Education. He received the award during the 2016 Global Engagement Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as part of OHIO’s International Education Week celebration.

“Professor Shiozawa knows us well and, as a result, has been a major contributor to the Ohio University-Chubu partnership in a multitude of ways over many, many years,” OHIO Linguistics Department Chair Dr. Chris Thompson said at the Global Engagement Gala. “He’s a globally-minded educator, researcher and administrator.”

An award-winning professor, Shiozawa has authored, co-authored and edited numerous publications, including a series of 12 books, “Our Cross Cultural Experiences.” These books are a collection of cultural essays by Chubu University students who studied at OHIO and other institutions.

Shiozawa is also an active advocate for Chubu University’s study abroad program, which sends approximately 50 students to OHIO each fall.

During his Friday, Nov. 18, lecture on cross cultural communication, Shiozawa discussed a wide range of topics, including his own involvement with OHIO.

“I came here in 1979,” Shiozawa said. He came to OHIO as an international student in the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) and was surprised by many things when he arrived on campus.

“I thought it was flat,” he said. He enjoyed his time at OHIO and said he had many wonderful experiences in Athens and around the U.S. One experience in particular was the opportunity to speak with a World War II veteran from the U.S.

“This type of story is something you cannot experience unless you are on (a study away experience),” Shiozawa said. Today he encourages his students to also take part in these life-changing study away programs because they help them personally and educationally, especially with students who are learning a second language.

“I believe it is very important for the students to experience overseas. This will let them grow,” Shiozawa said. His students at Chubu University tell him that they enjoy their time at OHIO, and that they learn a great deal in their time on campus.

“They say, ‘I have never studied so hard before,’” Shiozawa said. “Learning becomes really meaningful to them.”

The opportunity to study at OHIO also helps them with their career plans and many tell him, “Now I know how I should live,” Shiozawa said.

Also during his lecture, Shiozawa discussed how English is spoken in numerous ways around the world. 

“We have to accept that,” he said. While his students often want to speak American English or Australian English perfectly before they visit those countries, he stressed that they need to focus on speaking International English so that they can be understood in English-speaking countries around the globe.

The English language can be confusing at times for his students, he said, especially with colloquialisms that don’t seem to make much sense like “driving someone up a wall” or “sleeping like a log.”

During another portion of the lecture, Shiozawa shared ideas from some of his lesson plans and discussed the importance of working with and teaching students in different ways in order to help them. Emotions play a key role in learning, and the study away opportunities are often key to this.

“We need to create learning environments and educational opportunities to stimulate learning,” Shiozawa said.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.