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The 1st Round of ENGLISH CLASSES 2015

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 & 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

 

Instructor

Technical Writing & Presentation Skills

7 Wed, April 1st

Fri, April 17th

Prof. John Freeman
Class Size Day Time Place Date
1)The THEORY sessions 24 Thu 14:55
-16:40

Conference Room, Library

6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group A

8 Wed 14:55
-16:40

Conference Room, Library

7/1, 7/8, 7/15

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group B

8 Thu 14:55
-16:40

Seminar Room 2, Library

7/2, 7/9, 7/16

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group C

8 Fri 14:55
-16:40
Seminar Room 2, Library 7/3, 7/10, 7/17
Credit
   1 credit ( GSFS Common Lectures, Special Lecture on Frontier Science X)
   Course number:47000-34 / S2 Term

       Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

4/14

(Tues)

12:00-13:00

 

Media Hall, Todai Kashiwa Library the multiple-choice exam
2

4/17

(Fri)

17:30-18:30 Media Hall,  Todai Kashiwa 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 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. The 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 class, the instructor will make note of common mistakes that students are making in conversation and pronunciation performance. The instructor will include these structures as past of the lessons as well as reviews of common mistakes made by native Japanese speakers. The students are encouraged to ask about any specific problems or needs that they may have. By the end of the 10 classes, the 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)

This class targets students with sufficient 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・Researchers・Staff - Advanced Class (TOEIC 750 or higher)

This advanced class 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. Class 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-Elementary/Intermediate Class(TOEIC 450~650)

The class 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. The students have the opportunity to ask about situations and topics that are directly related to their work at the university. The students will be encouraged to express opinions about various topics and the instructors will give advice on alternative or more appropriate expressions. The instructor 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 class, the emphasis will be on encouraging student participation and maximizing student talking time. There will be correction and advice about pronunciation and grammar.

Course Title Session Size

Application

Period

The 1st Round of English Conversation Classes 2015

7-10

10 people / class

4/1-4/17

Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Graduate Students Intermediate A

Tue 15:00-16:40

5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23

*7 sessions

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate A

Tue

17:00-18:40

 

5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23

*7 sessions

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate B

Wed 13:00-14:40 5/13, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22 Seminar Room 2, Library

Akiko Tanaka, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students, Researchers, Staff

Advanced

Wed 15:00-16:40 5/13, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22 Seminar Room 2, Library

Akiko Tanaka , Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Intermediate B

Thurs 10:00-11:40 5/14, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Seminar Room 1, Library

Felipe Franchini Jr. , Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Elementary A

Thurs 13:00-14:40 5/14, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Seminar Room 1, Library

Felipe Franchini Jr. , Dispatched

English Instructor

Staff

Elementary-Intermediate

Thurs 10:00-11:40

5/14, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23

(Seminar Room #2: 6/11, 6/18, 6/25)

Conference Room, Library

David Abbott, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Elementary B

Thurs 13:00-14:40 5/14, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 (Seminar Room #2: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25) Conference Room, Library

David Abbott, Dispatched

English Instructor

Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

4/14

(Tues)

12:00-13:00

 

Media Hall, Todai Kashiwa Library the multiple-choice exam
2

4/17

(Fri)

17:30-18:30 Media Hall,  Todai Kashiwa 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.


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