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2013 Winter English Classes

Kashiwa International Office offers Technical Writing & Presentation Skills classes and English Conversation classes for both graduate students and university staff. The classes are given in English by native English speakers.

Technical Writing Seminar NEW
Technical Writing & Presentation Skills Classes 
English Conversation Classes 

*You cannot take both "Technical Writing & Presentation Skills Classes" and "English Conversation Classes". Please choose one.

Technical Writing & Presentation Skills

Course Information

This course has two parts: 1) Theory and 2) Practicum (7 sessions total). 
See the course syllabus on UT-mate for more information.

1) The THEORY sessions review the important points of scientific and technical writing skills and presentation skills in the first 4 sessions.
     “Writing skills” cover standard organization, how logic and sentence patterns work together to make a convincing statement, typical writing errors, writing styles, and mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, format, etc.) expected in the world of scientific and technical writing in English.
     “Presentation skills” cover the basics of making good PowerPoint slides, and delivery skills (pronunciation, gestures, voice techniques, etc.) expected in the world of scientific and technical presentations in English.

2) The PRACTICUM sessions provide students the opportunity and experience of making their own presentation before a group and critiqued by the instructor.
     Students will make one presentation three times, hopefully making changes following the guidance of the instructor every time to develop better presentation skills. The 1st presentation will be about 5-6 slides, and student will be expected to add 1 or 2 slides after Sessions 1 & 2.

Course Title Session Application Start Application End Instructor
Technical Writing & Presentation Skills
7 Mon, October 7 Mon, October 14 John Freeman
Class Size Day Time Place Date
1)The THEORY sessions 24 Thu 14:50
-16:30

Conference Room, Library

(12/19: Lecture Room 4, Environmental Studies Bldg.)

11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group A

8 Wed 14:50
-16:30

Seminar Room 2, Library

1/8, 1/15, 1/22

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group B

8 Thu 14:50
-16:30

Seminar Room 2, Library

(Jan 16: Lecture Room 4, Environmental Studies Bldg.)

1/9, 1/16, 1/23

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group C

8 Fri 14:50
-16:30
Conference Room, Library 1/10, 1/17, 1/24
Credit
   1 credit ( Special Lecture on Frontier Science XI)
   Course number:47000-35

       Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/15

12:00-13:00

 

 Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
2 10/17 17:30-18:30  Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
  Taking this test is mandatory.
  To choose the day, please use the program application form.
  Please be at Library by 10 minutes before the start.

   Application Procedure

Please apply from online application. We do not accept any application from UT-mate.  KIO will register directly, so students do not need to go through further procedure once you finish online application from here.

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English Conversation Course

Kashiwa International Office offers English Conversation Classes in Kashiwa Campus for both graduate students and university staff. The classes are given in English by native English speakers.

Course Information

Graduate Students-Intermediate/Upper Intermediate Class (TOEIC 600-750)

Intermediate A /Upper Intermediate: This course is for students with some command of English who want to learn more accurate, more natural, and more sophisticated expressions in English in both academic and non-academic situations. After a brief review of basics students will learn and practice various aspects of using English: 1) organizing and communicating logical opinions, 2) clarifying and summarizing a viewpoint within a certain time limit, 3) explaining a simple process, and 4) other aspects of English as time allows.

Intermediate B: This course is designed for students with some basic communication skills in English to improve their listening and speaking skills. The students will listen to news on a current issue and practice summarizing it. Based on the news, they will practice expressing their ideas and opinions in group/pair discussion. During the course, each student will give a short speech (three minutes long) a few times. Each student will give a final presentation (five minutes long) on the last day of the course.

 

Graduate Students- Advanced Class (TOEIC 750 or high)

Advanced course targets students wishing to improve overall fluency in English communication. The focus will be placed on refining necessary skills to enable students to communicate strategically and effectively through practicing discussion, debates, negotiation, presentation and the like. Course materials will include print articles, short case studies, video documentaries to provide opportunities to interactively communicate to hone up English skills while staying current on major topics of today’s global environment.

 

Staff-Intermediate Class  (TOEIC 600-750)

The class will learn practical English that is both necessary and useful when inviting researchers and accepting students from overseas as well as for business communications with foreigners visiting Japan. Specifically, the students will learn difficult expressions, such as how to confirm the location or how to explain the use of transportation over the phone. In the class, they will learn conversation as a means of cross-cultural communication and the focus will be on thinking and expressing in English. There will also be a lesson for the basics of writing e-mails.

 

Staff- E-mail Writing and Telephone Skill (TOEIC 400-550)

As students learn the fundamental rules of Emailing and telephoning, their knowledge of English will be increased dramatically. Students will have abundant chances to role-play specific settings of telephone calls. In this manner, they will learn proper responses and practical expressions to handle calls. In the class of writing, students also receive tips on email writing. They will acquire the comprehensive skills necessary for email writing which will enhance their speed and efficiency in business activities.

Course Title Session Size

Application

Period

English Conversation
7
10 people / class
10/7-10/14
Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Graduate Students 

Upper Intermediate

Tue 15:00-16:40 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

(11/26: Conversation Room, 4F, Environmental Studies Bldg.)

Freeman,
Project Associate Professor

Graduate Students

Intermediate

Tue

17:00-18:40

 

11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

(11/26: Conversation Room, 4F, Environmental Studies Bldg.)

Freeman,
Project Associate Professor

Graduate

Students

Advanced

Wed 15:00-16:40 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

Dispatched

English Instructor

Staff Intermediate

Wed 17:00-18:40 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Intermediate B

Wed 15:00-16:40 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

 

Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

 

Staff e-mail Writing and Telephone Skill

Wed 17:00-18:40 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

 

Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

 

Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/15

12:00-13:00

 

 Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
2 10/17 17:30-18:30  Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
  Taking this test is mandatory.
  To choose the day, please use the program application form.
  Please be at Library by 10 minutes before the start.

Application Procedure

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