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Technical Writing Seminar
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【Date/Time】10:00-12:10, 13:10-15:20 October 29 (Saturday), 2022
【Language of Instruction】English
【For】Everyone on Kashiwa Campus
【Place】FS Hall, Environmental Studies Bldg.
【Participation Fee】Free
【How to apply】Please apply here! Online Application Form
【Application Period】October 3 (Mon) - October 26 (Wed)

Program
 
Session 1
10:00-11:00
Structure of Journal Article or Thesis
● Objective of thesis writing vs. objective of journal writing
● Typical structure: IMRAD
● Writing your hypothesis into your title
● 6 qualities of good technical writing
● Research misconduct and ethics implications
● Sample comments from journal editors
Session 2
11:10-12:10
Sentence Level Technical Writing Style: Part 1
● When to use active voice + why
● When to use passive voice + why
● How to stress action
● How to stress concepts
● Clarity
● Positive wording
Session 3
13:10-14:10
Sentence Level Technical Writing Style: Part 2
● Precision
● Proper word use
● Being concise
● Establishing importance through word order (grammatical pattern)
● Repetition vs. variety
● Beginnings and endings
Session 4
14:20-15:20
Paragraph Level Technical Writing Style
● Lead sentences
● Logic and logical flow
● Consistency
● Stating key terms
● Using transitions
● Being concise in paragraphs
● Data-driven vs. Argument-driven writing

NOTES
● A student may attend any one session, all sessions, or any combination thereof.
● No recording or videotaping of lectures is permitted.
● All participants will receive copies of the materials for easy notetaking on the seminar day.


Special Individual Editing Feedback
 

Participants can get individual editing feedback!
● Submit 3-4 paragraphs or an abstract (in digital form) that typify their own technical writing in English by Thursday, October 13.
● The submitted writings will be corrected and returned to the writer with a list of suggested areas for improvement.
● The instructor may incorporate student sample writings into the seminar materials, but no names will be used.

Instructor
 

John Freeman
*former GSFS Professor (2010-2019) responsible for technical writing and presentation courses.

John Freeman
Free English Conversation Classes for Students (July 2022)

Want to communicate more smoothly with your international lab mates?
Want to present your research at international settings?

Kashiwa International Office(KIO) and GSFS Science Communication Improvement Lab are glad to announce a 3 days intensive English conversation course to help you achieve your goals!
Please join the course in this summer!

● Name: [English Discussion Club 3 Days Summer Intensive Course]
● Schedule & Topics
Time: 10:00-12:00
7/26(Tue)
・Introducing Yourself and Your Research
・Asking Good Questions
7/27(Wed)
・Sharing Ideas & Opinions
・Surviving Q&A
7/28(Thu)
・Final Presentation
● Where: 7th Floor Lecture Room, Environmental Studies Building, Kashiwa Campus
● For Whom: Students on Kashiwa Campus
● Level:Basic to intermediate (Can have basic conversation with lab mates, but have difficulty discussing their research)
● Capacity:20 People
● Facilitator:Paul Consalvi, Professor, GSFS
Several TAs will be supporting the group works.
● Fee: None
● Application period:From June 28(Tue) to July 8(Fri), 2022
● Application:https://forms.gle/QczZQ3oueZJR1jGZ7

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