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2014 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 (1 credit)

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

NEW

Instructor
Technical Writing & Presentation Skills
7 Wed, Sep 24

Wed, Oct 15

17:00

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

Conference Room, Library

11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group A

8 Wed 14:50
-16:30

Seminar Room 2, Library

1/7, 1/14, 1/21

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group B

8 Thu 14:50
-16:30

Seminar Room 2, Library

1/8, 1/15, 1/22

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group C

8 Fri 14:50
-16:30
Seminar Room 2, Library 1/9, 1/16, 1/23
Credit
   1 credit ( GSFS Common Lectures, Special Lecture on Frontier Science XI)
   Course number:47000-35

       Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/10

(Tue)

12:00-13:00

 

 FS Hall, Environmental Studies Bldg. the multiple-choice exam
2

10/15

(wed)

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.


 

English Conversation Classes (non-credit)

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.

Class Information

Graduate Students-Elementary (TOEIC 400-600)

This class 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 is on improving speaking and listening skills in a friendly, relaxed environment where students are encouraged to express themselves and can maximize opportunities for speaking practice. Students will learn new structures, phrases and vocabulary, and will become more 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. The teacher will make note of common mistakes that students are making in conversation and pronunciation, and will include these structures as part of the lessons as well as reviewing common mistakes of Japanese speakers. Participants are encouraged to ask about any specific problems or needs that they may have. By the last class, 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 class 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 sessions.

Staff-Elementary Class(TOEIC400~550)

The class will learn practical English that is both necessary and useful when inviting researchers and accepting students from overseas. 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.

Course Title Session Size

Application

Period NEW

English Conversation

7

10 people / class

9/24-10/15

17:00

Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Staff
Elementary

Tue 15:00-16:40

11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate

Tue

17:00-18:40

 

11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor
Graduate Students Intermediate A Wed 13:00-14:40 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students Intermediate B

Wed 15:00-16:40 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Elementary A

Fri 10:00-11:40 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Elementary B

Fri 13:00-14:40 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/10

(Tue)

12:00-13:00

 

  FS Hall, Environmental Studies Bldg. the multiple-choice exam
2

10/15

(wed)

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.


Past lectures

2014 Summer

2013 Winter

2013 Summer

2012 winter

2012 summer

2011 winter

Updated: Oct 8, 2014

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