Department of Modern Languages and Literatures: Meet the New Chair
The Center for International Affairs welcomes Yasuhiro Shirai, the new chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, to Case Western Reserve and is happy to introduce him to the campus community.
Shirai comes to CWRU after a thoroughly international journey both academically and professionally. Born and raised in Japan, Shirai discovered an interest and love for the English language when he was around 8 years old. From that appreciation, he pursued a major in English as an undergraduate in Japan and from there traveled to California where he completed his doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics. Before joining CWRU, he held professorial positions at Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Pittsburgh.
With his academic focus of Second Language Acquisition, an interdisciplinary field within Applied Linguistics, Shirai hopes that his joining the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures brings modern languages—and the learning thereof—to the university community in a new and interesting way. In addition to his administrative departmental duties, Shirai will be teaching an integrated graduate and undergraduate class in the topic of Second Language Acquisition, bringing a new dynamic to the courses offered by the department.
CWRU Students Learn, Travel and Volunteer Over Spring Break
This year, more than 150 CWRU students are currently overseas for spring break (March 9-13), traveling with one of 14 different programs in 10 different countries. CWRU students are exploring the Netherlands, France, Greece, Poland, Jordan, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Morocco, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. Some groups are participating in credit-bearing courses, while others are contributing to service-learning opportunities organized by CWRU staff and students.
The Office of Education Abroad can help faculty who are planning short-term study abroad programs. Visit the Education Abroad website for information about study abroad programs and for faculty resources. www.case.edu/studyabroad