Tips for technical writing

2014 Summer 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, April 7

Fri, April 18

Prof. John Freeman
Class Size Day Time Place Date
1)The THEORY sessions 24 Thu 14:50
-16:30

Conference Room, Library

 

6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group A

8 Wed 14:50
-16:30

Conference Room, Library

7/2, 7/9, 7/16

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group B

8 Thu 14:50
-16:30

Seminar Room 2, Library

7/3, 7/10, 7/17

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group C

8 Fri 14:50
-16:30
Seminar Room 2, Library 7/4, 7/11, 7/18
Credit
   1 credit ( Special Lecture on Frontier Science X)
   Course number:47000-34

       Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

4/15

(Tue)

12:00-13:00

 

 Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
2

4/21

(Mon)

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.

*Closed


 

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-Elementary (TOEIC 400-600)

This course is for students who have only a very basic knowledge of English and who wish to comprehensively reinforce and improve their practical conversational abilities. The emphasis will be on improving speaking and listening skills in a friendly environment where students are encouraged to express themselves and there is maximum opportunity for speaking practice. Students will learn new structures, phrases and vocabulary and will become confident in their ability to use common grammatical patterns. Attention will be paid to the common pronunciation strategies of native speakers that sometimes make familiar words and phrases difficult for learners to follow. Throughout the course, the teacher will make note of common mistakes that students are making in conversation and pronunciation performance. He will include these structures as past of the lessons as well as reviews of common mistakes made by native Japanese speakers. Participants are encouraged to ask about any specific problems or needs that they may have. By the end of the course, students will have gained confidence in their ability to express themselves in general conversation.

Graduate Students-Intermediate(TOEIC 600-750)/Upper Intermediate Class (TOEIC 700-850)

Intermediate A /Upper Intermediate A: 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) making a mini-presentation (3-5 mins) about a personal or professional interest, 2) organizing and communicating logical opinions, 3) participating in a discussion, 4) explaining a simple process, and 5) other aspects of English as time allows during the seven sessions.

Intermediate B/Upper Intermediate B: This course targets students with some command of English to learn accurate and sophisticated expressions. The session consists of organizing one’s opinion, clarifying and summarizing one’s viewpoint within given time frame. Furthermore, some training will be provided for listening comprehension to practice skills in conversing as well as understanding lectures when studying abroad. Finally, participants should be able to develop skills for presentation and debate.

 

Graduate Students- Advanced Class (TOEIC 750 or higher)

This class is mainly focused on speech and discussion. Students will aim to improve their communication skills. For example, students will learn how to put themselves into other people's shoes and receive tips for conveying their opinions concisely and logically. Students will have chances to summarize and discuss English compositions written in Newspapers and materials in such topics as cross-cultural understanding. The instructor of this class will mention techniques of discussions so that the students can convey their opinions naturally. Students will be able to exercise correct grammar usage elevating their vocabulary, idioms, and expressions.

 

Staff-Intermediate Class  (TOEIC 600-750)

The course will provide an opportunity for staff to improve their cross-cultural communicative ability in English. Useful phrases and vocabulary (including idiomatic expressions) for a variety of situations will be introduced, and students will reinforce their ability to use a variety of structures through guided conversation. Students have the opportunity to ask about situations and topics that are directly related to their work at the university. They will be encouraged to express opinions about various topics and the instructor will give advice on alternative or more appropriate expressions. The teacher will take note of common mistakes that students are making and include these structures as part of the classes. Attention will be paid to the common pronunciation strategies of native speakers that sometimes make familiar words and phrases difficult for non-native speakers to follow. E-mail writing will also be covered if desired. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on encouraging student participation and maximizing student talking time. There will be correction of, and advice about, pronunciation and grammar, and students will have the opportunity to receive individual feedback.

 

Staff- E-mail Writing and Telephone Skill (TOEIC 400-600)

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

10

Intermediate A & Upper Intermediate A: 7 sessions

10 people / class
4/7-4/18
Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Graduate Students 

Intermediate A

Tue 15:00-16:40

5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

*7 sessions

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate A

Tue

17:00-18:40

 

5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

*7 sessions

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor
Graduate Students Elementary Tue 15:00-16:40 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15 Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

Staff Intermediate

Tue 17:00-18:40 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15 Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate B

Wed 15:00-16:40 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/1 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Intermediate B

Wed 17:00-18:40 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/1 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate

Students

Advanced

Wed 15:00-16:40 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/1

 

Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

 

Staff e-mail Writing and Telephone Skill

Wed 17:00-18:40 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/1

 

Seminar Room 2, Library

Dispatched

English Instructor

 

Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

4/15

(Tue)

12:00-13:00

 

 Media Hall,  Library the multiple-choice exam
2

4/21

(Mon)

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 the online form below.

*Closed


Past lectures

2013 Winter

2013 Summer

2012 winter

2012 summer

2011 winter

Updated: May 8, 2014

to topto top