Introduction of i-ARRC
ILAS’s International Academic Research and Resource Center for Language Education (i-ARRC) was established for the purpose of providing innovative language education attuned to the needs of a global society. It has two key functions: implementing the foreign language courses in liberal arts and sciences education and supporting students’ self-directed language studies.
The Center performs its first function by planning and maintaining curriculum policy, mainly for English and Spanish, while at the same time developing teaching materials and teaching methods. Furthermore, it conducts initiatives such as developing organic links with E-Classes, advancing faculty development across the entire foreign language curriculum and providing individual study consultations, and evaluations of English language proficiency for students.
In regard to the latter, the Center proactively supports highly motivated students to improve their foreign language proficiency by providing opportunities for conversation, discussion and speeches in foreign languages, foreign language camps, and on-campus testing and preparatory courses for English language proficiency tests (TOEFL iBT and IELTS). These extracurricular activities are designed to promote study abroad and international academic exchange which can foster the acquisition of communication skills necessary for global studies and research.