Jennifer Igawa
井川 ジェニファー 准教授





主要研究テーマthe use of literature in English language education


英コミ、English for Business Communication, seminar


JALT (全国語学教育学会)、JAT(日本翻訳者協会)

  • Igawa, J., and Forrester, D. (2016). University in English ? Questions of confidence. The Language Teacher, 40(6), 9-13.
  • Igawa, J. (2017). Language Attrition, Equivalence, and the Philosophy of Language. JAT Perspectives 2017,15-16.
  • Igawa, J. (2018). [Review of the book English as Medium of Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Presumption, Mirage or Bluff? by Glenn Toh]. JALT Journal, 40(2), 139-142.
  • Igawa, J. (2019). Leadership in Literature: Using Literature to Explore Leadership in a Seminar for Business Undergraduates. Paper presented at the Research in Literature in Language Learning Environments: Patterns and Possibilities Conference, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Igawa, J. (2020). Borrowing Books from Harvard: An Initial Evaluation of the Adaptation of a Harvard Business School Course for Undergraduate International Business Majors in a Japanese University. The Papers and Proceedings of Economics No. 160 (Meiji Gakuin University).

Leadership in Literature


In this seminar, we examine the concept of Leadership through the experiences of characters in works of fiction. Our case studies are novels and plays.

During the first year, we will read and discuss works of fiction to help us consider what the characteristics of a good leader might be, why some leaders succeed and some fail. Students are expected to read extensively in English to prepare for class. During class, students are expected to participate actively and enthusiastically. Students gradually assume responsibility for leading class discussion. Students are encouraged to consider questions that emerge from discussion as possible research topics. As students are expected to write short summary and response papers, there is also instruction in writing.

In the second year of the seminar, students will research and write a graduation thesis on a relevant topic of their choice. Students will continue to read outside of class. Classwork includes scaffolded instruction in thesis writing and the presentation of oral research reports. Students will be encouraged to provide and make use of peer feedback.

With a better understanding of the concept of Leadership, it is hoped that students will be better equipped to choose good mentors and become good leaders themselves.