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Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby Speakeasy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:56 am

I am launching this request for assistance in communicating with Sophia University, which is located in Japan, on behalf of eido. She is looking for the audio recordings which were prepared most likely in the 1960’s – 1970’s to accompany Anthony Alfonso’s courses “Japanese Language Patterns Nihongo ban vols 1 & 2” for which a reported set of 74 one-hour audio-cassettes were recorded and possibly also for ““Japanese language patterns. A structural approach”. The discussions below, which I have copied from the “Audio lingual language programs” thread are self-explanatory. Could someone please intercede on eido’s behalf? Merci d’avance!
Speakeasy wrote:eido, upon reading your post, I referred by to PeterBeischmidt’s comment above, and Googled “Japanese Language Patterns Nihongo ban vols 1 & 2” for which a reported set of 74 one-hour audio-cassettes were recorded. I had a few hits indicating that Anthony Alfonso also authored “Japanese language patterns. A structural approach” for which the year(s) of publication, 1966 and 1971, fit very nicely into the period when the audio-lingual method was still very popular. One of the listings indicates that the publisher was “Sophia University L.L. Center of Applied Linguistics”: http://www.worldcat.org/identities/nc-l%20l%20center%20of%20applied%20linguistics%20sophia%20university%20jochi%20daigaku/

My understanding is that Sophia University (https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/) is a private Jesuit research university in Japan, with its main campus located near Yotsuya station. Presumably, or perhaps only hopefully, they would have (might have) a copy of the audio recordings in their archives. Obtaining a copy of the complete set of course manuals, too, represents a challenge. Good luck with your quest! Finally, should you get your hands on the complete set of materials, perhaps you could ask the university if they could provide permission to host them on the Yojik website (whine, pout, push, strong-arm, finagle).

PS: While in the process of bookmarking this discussion, I discovered that I had previously bookmarked a source for both publications mentioned above (memory failure): http://www.trussel.com/jap/jbooks01.htm#166

PSS: The last time I communicated with PeterBeischmidt, which goes back about a couple of months, he was in the midst of preparing for major international relocation. So then, as he might not be following the activities on the forum, should you intend sending him a Private Message, let me know and I will send him an Email drawing his attention to your PM.
eido wrote: … The only thing I can't find are the tapes, which I suppose I will contact the university for. Here's hoping they know what I'm talking about, and don't mind being emailed in English … EDIT: Oh gee, I can't just email them. The library only has a phone number to call, nothing else. And I imagine they'd answer in Japanese. :shock: But I don't know. I wonder how else I'd contact them.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby rdearman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:56 pm

I suggest you PM vonPeterhof who speaks Japanese. https://forum.language-learners.org/mem ... file&u=255
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby aokoye » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:18 pm

I would also suggest finding the ISBN for the tapes. Sophia University does have a number of degree programs in English, thus I'm sure there are library staff who speak English. I don't know if that's the first route I would take though.

I guess there are two approaches I would take. I would contact their Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics which likely houses their applied linguistics researchers (and an English language MA TESOL program). The other option would be getting the ISBN of the tapes and trying to borrow them via interlibrary loan. Note, borrowing cassettes (or CDs for that matter) via IIL is not especially common because of how easy they are to break, but you could try it and see how far you get. Another option would be contacting their Center for Language Education and Research which might be your best bet.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby eido » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:23 pm

aokoye wrote:Another option would be contacting their Center for Language Education and Research which might be your best bet.

Good idea.
I didn't even think of that. :o My inexperience shows.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby aokoye » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:46 pm

eido wrote:
aokoye wrote:Another option would be contacting their Center for Language Education and Research which might be your best bet.

Good idea.
I didn't even think of that. :o My inexperience shows.

No worries! I've never contacted a publisher about materials that I've needed, but I am getting very good at contacting universities.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby eido » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:43 pm

I sent them an email early Sunday, which would’ve been late Sunday or early Monday there. No response so far.
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Postby aokoye » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:15 pm

eido wrote:I sent them an email early Sunday, which would’ve been late Sunday or early Monday there. No response so far.

Also do remember that people are very busy and i know more than a few professors and instructors who get well over 50 work related emails a day (i suspect I don't know any who get fewer emails than that). Try not to take it hard if they don't reply quickly. One of my favorite professors (who isn't at my university) once took months to email me back. Mind you even she was a bit perturbed by her having lost my email for that long, but still. It could take a long while for them to get back to you.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby eido » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:48 pm

aokoye wrote:Also do remember that people are very busy and i know more than a few professors and instructors who get well over 50 work related emails a day (i suspect I don't know any who get fewer emails than that). Try not to take it hard if they don't reply quickly. One of my favorite professors (who isn't at my university) once took months to email me back. Mind you even she was a bit perturbed by her having lost my email for that long, but still. It could take a long while for them to get back to you.

I guess I’m just used to the quick replies from the people at my community college.
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Re: Assistance Requested in Communicating with Sophia University (Japan)

Postby aokoye » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:12 am

eido wrote:
aokoye wrote:Also do remember that people are very busy and i know more than a few professors and instructors who get well over 50 work related emails a day (i suspect I don't know any who get fewer emails than that). Try not to take it hard if they don't reply quickly. One of my favorite professors (who isn't at my university) once took months to email me back. Mind you even she was a bit perturbed by her having lost my email for that long, but still. It could take a long while for them to get back to you.

I guess I’m just used to the quick replies from the people at my community college.

If I'm emailing someone from my dept or someone I'm taking classes from, I'll give them a week, maybe a week and a half, before I send a follow up email. For people outside of my university I'll follow up no sooner than two weeks unless they are expecting to hear from me and it's urgent. I realize that I'm necessarily low on their list of importance, not because I'm not deserving of attention, but because they have plenty of other things they are required to do and people they are obligated to attend to.

I have had some (two) professors who have emailed back very promptly, but that isn't the norm from my experience and from what a number of people in academia have expressed to me in various contexts.
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