Dear Dr. Tanabe,
I participated in a HISELT conference held on a satellite campus of Senshu University. Let me write about my impressions on the meeting.
In the first session, Prof. Shimo of Kinki University presented her study about a history of second languages teaching—other than English in the Meiji era. Her analysis of how the teaching of German, and, for that matter, that of French, has evolved was accurate and persuasive. I was overwhelmed by the level of interaction in the Q & A period that followed her presentation.
In the second session, Prof. Kawashima of Nihon University, made a presentation on the subject of "five sentence patterns". I was really surprised to see that he had done an extensive research on his theme.
Furthermore, his speech was energetic and full of wits. He showed that he had been enjoying the research.
Frankly speaking, I was not able to understand the continent of these presentations perfectly, but I felt that it was good to get myself exposed to this kind of high level academic atmosphere. If possible, I would like to attend a meeting again.
This was a really good experience for me. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.