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Shaun GATES(ショーン ゲイツ)

職名准教授
主な担当科目英語関連科目
所属コース名アメリカコース
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Shaun GATES

学生へのメッセージ

The twenty-first century will be a magnificent time to be alive. Dare to be an optimist.
- Matt Ridley. The Rational Optimist.

 Is Ridley right? Will globalization, as he believes, strengthen democracy and human rights, raise average incomes through increasing specialisation, and deepen our appreciation of cultures and peoples? Or is he painting a picture which is far too rosy? Won't globalisation exacerbate environmental degradation, social inequality, and religious conflict, to pick out just a few problems?
 On this programme, you have the perfect opportunity to explore these questions and many similar ones. Cultural studies is multi-disciplinary field, embracing academic disciplines such as history, politics, and sociology but also areas of popular culture like sport, fashion, music, cuisine. You can develop a broad, theoretical understanding of globalisation while at the same time explore how the phenomenon of global culture touches on your own personal interests. It's a wonderful chance - be an optimist!

プロフィール(経歴、趣味、等)

 My maternal grandparents were Irish and my paternal grandparents English, which is perhaps why my name, Shaun, is a compromise. It's the English variant of the Irish name, Sean.
 I was born in England, yet I have spent much of my life outside the country of my birth. My family moved to Africa when I was four years old and we didn't return to England until I was sixteen. After a few years at high school, I left England to spend four years at a Scottish university. In some ways, Scotland is as different from England as Canada is from the US. If you need convincing, consider the strong possibility that Scotland might secede from the UK in the near future.
 After graduating, I took up a summer job teaching English to European students. I enjoyed it greatly, which lead me to abandon my plan to become a high school teacher and switch instead to teaching English language learners. I spent a few years studying and teaching in England but then moved on to teaching posts in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia. I've spent most of my career, however, in Japan.
 In the winter I spend my leisure time reading and trying not to eat too much. In the warmer months, I battle the weeds and moss in my small garden, part of a largely futile effort to keep fit. I love swimming but rarely find the chance to do it these days. My dream is to find an empty 50-meter pool. If you know of one, please get in touch. I enjoy travelling, both in Japan and abroad, but I haven't been back to Africa since I was a teenager. It's another dream I hope to fulfill one day.

研究内容

 I took my first degree in Economics at Aberdeen University in the north east of Scotland, followed by a master's degree in Applied Linguistics at Edinburgh University, and then another master's degree in Education at Cambridge University. So rather like a sea current, I have moved slowly down the east coastline of Britain. These courses were spaced roughly ten years apart so I've been lucky in having the chance to learn new disciplines as I've grown older. For some time I was involved in conducting and researching English language testing. I am still interested in assessment but in a broader educational context, particularly where it overlaps issues of access and social mobility.