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The 2nd 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.

Evaluation Questionnaire

As part of ongoing effort to improve our program, we will ask you to answer the questionnaire after taking all classes.

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

9/10

(Thurs)

10/14
(Wed) 12:00

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

Conference Room, Library

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

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group A

8 Wed 14:55
-16:40

Seminar Room 2, Library

1/6, 1/13, 1/20

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group B

8 Thu 14:55
-16:40

Seminar Room 2, Library

1/7, 1/14, 1/21

2)The PRACTICUM sessions Group C

8 Fri 14:55
-16:40
Seminar Room 2, Library 1/8, 1/15, 1/22
Credit
   1 credit (GSFS Common Lectures, Special Lecture on Frontier Science XI)
   Course number:47000-35 / A2, W Term

       Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/6

(Tues)

17:30-18:30

 

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

10/14

(Fri)

12:00-13:00 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.

Application Closed


 

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)

In this course, students will improve their basic English conversation skills by participating in various speaking and role-play activities. By the end of the course, all students will have more confidence in their English speaking ability. As there will be only seven sessions, homework assignments will be given. Students are also encouraged to review and prepare for each class.

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

This course 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 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 550~700)

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 2nd Round of English Conversation Classes 2015

7

10 people / class

9/10-10/14

12:00

Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Staff

Intermediate

Tue 15:00-16:40

11/10,11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students Intermediate

Tue

17:00-18:40

 

11/10,11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22

#114, 1F Environmental Studies Bldg.

 

Freeman,
Project Professor

Graduate Students

Elementary A

Tue 13:00-14:40 11/10,11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate

Tue 15:00-16:40 11/10,11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 Seminar Room 2, Library

Kelly Cargos, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students

Upper Intermediate

Wed 13:00-14:40 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 Seminar Room 2, Library

Akiko Tanaka, Dispatched

English Instructor

Graduate Students, Researchers, Staff

Advanced

Wed 15:00-16:40 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 Seminar Room 2, Library

Akiko Tanaka , Dispatched

English Instructor

Level Check Test  

  Day Time Place Test Content

1

10/6

(Tues)

17:30-18:30

 

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

10/14

(Fri)

12:00-13:00 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.

Application Closed


Past lectures

2015 1st Round

2014 Winter

2014 Summer

2013 Winter

2013 Summer

2012 winter

2012 summer

2011 winter

Updated: Nov. 10, 2015

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