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The 1st Round of Technical Writing Seminar AY 2016


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Seminar Information

KIO is again organizing a special half-day (2 sessions: 100 mins each) Technical Writing Seminar on Monday September 26 that specifically deals with English writing skills.


Session 1 of the seminar will begin with a simple review of the responsibilities of the writer and those of the reader. The instructor will then review common errors encountered among GSFS students and other important points of good technical writing. Examples will be taken from writings submitted by seminar participants* and will likely include such topics as choosing proper words, avoiding complexity and ambiguity, being concise, using strong phrasing, establishing importance, being consistent, paragraph beginnings, among other points. This session will deal with English problems at the sentence level.


Session 2 will deal with English problems at the paragraph level such as paragraph structure (data-driven vs. argument-driven), logical flow of ideas, transitions, unity, coherence, and conciseness.






Technical Writing Seminar

September 26,

Session 1  13:00-14:40
Session 2  14:50-16:20


Application Starts

Application End



Aug 17, 2016

September 16,

John Freeman




*If you would like to receive the service of correcting your writing, please submit 3-4 paragraphs (less than one A4 page) that typify their own technical writing in English by September 16 to enable the instructor to prepare materials. (Abstract or Introduction of your paper. Theme not specified.)


All participants will receive copies of the materials for easy note-taking on the seminar day. Even if the instructor may only use parts of submitted writings for instructional purposes, all writings will be corrected and returned to every participant with a list of suggested areas for your own improvement that day or sometime after the seminar, depending on the number of participants and the instructor’s schedule.


Both sessions are open to everyone, and English will be the language of instruction. No units are given, however.


The instructor will be John Freeman, Project Professor in the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science-Global Leading Initiative who also teaches the regular courses in technical writing and presentation on campus. Both sessions will be held on the 1st floor of the Kashiwa Library, and the room will be posted near the library entranceway on the seminar day.


Application Procedure


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Please direct any questions to KIO. (

Updated: Sep. 20, 2016

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