Kashiwa International Office,The University of Tokyo

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2011 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. The other English classes provided in Kashiwa campus are critical thinking classes in Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS)

Technical Writing & Presentation Skills Classes 
English Conversation Classes 
Critical Thinking Classes

 

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 Term Application End Instructor
Technical Writing & Presentation Skills 7 Oct. 3 Oct.  14 NEW John Freeman,
Project Associate Professor
Class Size Day Time Place Date
1)The THEORY sessions 24 Fri 14:45
-16:25
Conference Room, Library

11/25,12/02,

12/09,12/16

2)The PRACTICUM sessions

Group A

8 Mon 14:45
-16:25

Seminar Room #2, Library

12/19, 01/16, 01/23

2)The PRACTICUM sessions

Group B

8 Thu 14:45
-16:25

Seminar Room #2, Library

01/12, 01/19, 01/26

2)The PRACTICUM sessions

Group C

8 Fri 14:45
-16:25
Seminar Room #2, Library 01/13, 01/20, 01/27
Credit
   1 credit ( Special Lecture on Frontier Science XI )
   Course number:47000-35

Level Check Test  

Day Time Place Test Content
10/14
OR
10/18
13:30-
15:10
  Conference Room, Library 1. Writing Test
2. Dictation
  Taking this test is not mandatory. However, we encourage everyone to take it.
  To apply for this placement test, please use the program application form.
  Please be at Library by 13:20.

   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 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 Class AB  (TOEIC400~550)

The class will aim at improving their basic oral expressions in English. Starting from self-introduction, they ultimately gain the skills and confidence to daily conversation. As there will be only seven sessions, home assignments will be given. They are also encouraged to prepare for the next class as well as to review the previous one.

Graduate Students-Intermediate Class(TOEIC550~700)

This class is for those who have some command of English to learn better and more sophisticated expressions. The training includes organizing one’s opinion and clarifying and summarizing one’s viewpoint. Also, there will be the training for listening comprehension so that they can understand conversation as well as lectures in American universities.

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 as well as for business communications with foreigners visiting Japan. 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 Start date of Application
English Conversation 7 10 people / class 10/3 -10/14
Class Day Time Day Place Instructor

Graduate Students 

Elementary Class A

Tue 15:00- 16:40 11/08, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Building John Freeman,
Project Associate Professor

Graduate

Students

Elementary Class B

Tue 17:00- 18:40 11/08, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/06, 12/13, 12/20 #114, 1F Environmental Studies Building John Freeman,
Project Associate Professor

Graduate

Students

Intermediate Class

Wed 15:00- 16:40 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/30, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21 #114, 1F Environmental Studies

Akiko Tanaka,

Nichibei

 

Staff

Elementary Class

Wed 17:00- 18:40 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/30, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21 #114, 1F Environmental Studies

Akiko Tanaka,

Nichibei

Level Check Test  

Day Time Place Test Content
10/14
OR
10/18
13:30-15:10 Conference Room,
Library
1. Writing Test
2. Dictation
Taking this test is not mandatory. However, we encourage everyone to take it. To apply for this placement test, please use the program application form. Please be at FS Hall by 13:20.

Application Procedure

Please apply from here.


 

Critical Thinking

Students will learn to think more critically: that is, developing your "thinking in English" skills that seek solutions to problems with an objective frame of mind while respecting the viewpoints of others in a systematic way which leads to good judgments. Please apply from UT-mate.

Syllabus

        47220-51W Critical Thinking Ⅰ

        47220-52W Critical Thinking Ⅱ

 

Updated: Oct. 3, 2011

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