日本語 English

Seminar, Intensive Course (Kashiwa)

Speaking Writing Intensive Course

It is an intensive course for studying Speaking and Writing in English more diversely. It includes TOEFL, IELTS, Discussion, Presentation, Effective Writing, etc.

Presentation Coaching in February-March

KIO will organize some special presentation training sessions during February-March where GSFS students and students on Kashiwa campus can take advantage on 1-on-1 training with the instructors.

Technical Writing Seminar

This short-term seminar is designed for students and researchers who want to enhance their success in writing effectively and persuasively.

Cf. Past seminars and courses in AY2018:
Presentation Coaching in August (August)
TOEFL Speaking Writing Intensive Course (September)

Speaking Writing Intensive Course
click to enlarge

It is an intensive course for studying Speaking and Writing in English more diversely. It includes TOEFL, IELTS, Discussion, Presentation, Effective Writing, etc.

Special Features

・2 classes: Basic class and Advanced class
・2 sessions: Speaking session & Writing session
・With essay revision by the teachers (Writing session)
・With E-learning program and books
Demonstration of lessons

Course Information

【Dates】February 14, 21, 28, March 7 (Thursdays, 4 days)

Speaking Session
Time:10:00-12:00
Classes:BASIC class・ADVANCED class
Topic examples:What are your best qualities? / Studying ethics in philosophy or business class

Writing Session
Time:13:00-15:00
Classes: BASIC class・ADVANCED class
Topic examples:Choosing a place to live / The American Healthcare system

*Instructors will prepare for the session topics for each class according to the level of participants.

【Teachers】
・Geoff Tozer:ADVANCED class (Speaking & Writing)
Born in Manchester, England. English teacher on UTokyo's Hongo Campus and Kashiwa Campus, and other universities including University of Tsukuba, Tohoku University and Waseda University. Popular among students in his cheerful and humorous classes.

・Yuki Ito:BASIC class (Speaking & Writing)
Graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work. English teacher on UTokyo's Hongo Campus and other universities including Waseda University and Tokyo Metropolitan University. TA on UTokyo's Kashiwa Campus for several years. Passionate and attentive to detail.

【Size】5-20 for each class
*If the minimum amount of participants is not reached, the class may be cancelled.

【Place】
BASIC class: Seminar Room 2, Kashiwa Library
ADVANCED class: Conference Room, Kashiwa Library

【Credit】None

【Tuition Fee】 Special discount!
◎Speaking Session (Total of 8 hours) : 4,000 yen
◎Writing Session (Total of 8 hours):4,000 yen
◎Speaking & Writing Sessions (Total of 16 hours):7,000 yen

*Course material fee is included in the price.
*Participants pay the tuition fee in cash on the first day of the course.
*Cancellation after the application deadline may be charged the cancellation fee.

Voice of Participants

●The teacher is devoted to this class. It was great to have many activities in pairs and groups.
●Thank you so much! I realized that English training is still important for me.
●The teacher corrected our English writings on the whiteboard in the class. Please provide many classes like this.

Application
application form

【Application Period】January 15(Tue)10:00-February 5(Tue)17:00

Demonstration

The course instructors will provide us the demonstration of the lesson in English.

【Date/Time】January 29(Tue)12:00-13:10
【Place】Kashiwa Library
【Content】Lesson demonstration, overview of the course, Q&A
    (You may enter and leave as you please)
【Participation Fee】Free
【How to apply】Please apply from Online Application Form.

Seminar Room 2
Kashiwa Library
12:00-12:30 Demonstration of BASIC-Speaking
12:30-13:00 Demonstration of BASIC-Writing
13:00-13:10 Course Overview
Conference Room
Kashiwa Library
12:00-12:30 Demonstration of ADVANCED-Speaking
12:30-13:00 Demonstration of ADVANCED-Writing
13:00-13:10 Course Overview
Go to Top of Page

Presentation Coaching in February-March
click to enlarge

The Technical Writing and Presentation Common Subjects Course during A1/A2 terms was designed to stress technical writing skills, however, classes specially focusing on presentation skills are in high demand.

KIO has decided to organize some special presentation training sessions in February and March where GSFS students and students on Kashiwa campus can take advantage of 1-on-1 training with the instructors, Project Professor Paul Consalvi and Project Professor John Freeman.

These sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity of 1) making a 10-15 minute presentation in English, 2) learning about your weak points, 3) learning tips and insights on how to improve, 4) practicing presentation skills in general, and 5) then remaking the same presentation for reinforcement of the learning points.

★Presenters will be decided on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to attend a coaching session as a presenter, you are requested to select three (3) possible Days/Times from the schedule below. The presentation is available only once per person. You will be informed of the day/time of the presentation by Email by February 8.

★These sessions are open to everyone. If you would like to practice your presentation without an audience, please apply for English Consulting Office Hours.

★Anybody may attend any session as part of the audience provided there are seats available. You are requested to apply as an audience to receive the information about each presentation (only the presentation title and the major of the presenter) by Email.

Before Each Session (for Presenters)

Those who apply for, and are assigned a presentation clinic session as presenters, must upload their PowerPoint slides to the designated URL by the date in the schedule that follows. (The URL will be included in the Email with the decided day/time of your presentation.) The instructor will review your presentation slides and return them to you with comments for improvements. You will be expected to make an effort to improve your slides based on the instructor's comments BEFORE your allotted presentation time. It is not necessary to send a written script of your presentation.

Each Session

Each session will begin with the student making a presentation of their own making. There is no need to make new presentation materials; a "used" presentation is perfectly fine. The instructor will then critique the presentation, instruct how to improve on weak points, and then the presenter will give the presentation again.
A Windows PC and projector will be provided for each session. If you would prefer to use your own computer, however, that is also acceptable BUT the instructor cannot be responsible for handling any technical problems. Having your presentation on a USB is likely the easiest scenario unless you prefer using an Apple PC.

Seminar Information

【Schedule】

Dates/Time Deadline to submit PPT slides
Session 1
February 19 (Tue) 10:30-11:45
February 15 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 2
February 20 (Wed) 10:30-11:45
February 15 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 3
February 26 (Tue) 10:30-11:45
February 22 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 4
February 27 (Wed) 10:30-11:45
February 22 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 5
March 5 (Tue) 10:30-11:45
March 1 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 6
March 6 (Wed) 10:30-11:45
March 1 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 7
March 12 (Tue) 10:30-11:45
March 8 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.
Session 8
March 13 (Wed) 10:30-11:45
March 8 (Fri) noon 12:00 p.m.

【Place】Kashiwa Library
【Instructor】Project Professor Paul Consalvi, Project Professor John Freeman
【Tuition Fee】None
【Credit】None

Application Procedure

Please apply from the online application if you would like to attend the session as a presenter or an audience.

application form

【Application Period】January 18(Fri)10:00- February 5(Tue)17:00

Go to Top of Page

Technical Writing Seminar
click to enlarge

Technical Writing Seminar is a seminar specializing in English writing skills. This seminar is aimed to learn important points in technical writing.

Special Features

・FREE Seminar in English
・You can choose sessions to participate

Course Information

【Dates/Time】March 14 (Thurs) and 15 (Fri) 10:00-15:00
【Place】Kashiwa Library Media Hall
【Teacher】David Kipler (Academic publication trainer & consultant, Cactus Communications K.K.)
【Tuition Fee】None
【Credit】None

March 14 (Thurs)
10:00-11:00
Session 1: Grammar and Usage (1 hour)

Grammar errors impede comprehension and create a poor impression of your work. In addition, science writing has its own usage conventions, which can vary by discipline and journal. Science writers hoping to be published in high-impact journals need to be aware of basic usage conventions in their field. This session covers the elements of grammar and usage that are most important in science writing.
March 14 (Thurs)
11:00-12:00
Session 2: Sentence Structure in Science/Technical Writing (1 hour)

This workshop aims to show how selection of appropriate sentence structure improves the quality of science/technical writing. The topics to be covered include how to construct effective sentences, emphasize important information, and improve clarity.
* This session is a sequel to Session 1 and is recommended to take with Session 1.
March 14 (Thurs)
13:00-14:00
Session 3: Punctuation (1 hour)

The importance of accurate punctuation is often underappreciated by readers and writers; however, clear writing demands consistent, judicious punctuation. First and foremost, science writing must be clear and accurate, and correct punctuation is an essential aspect of clear writing. This session reviews punctuation principles and common punctuation errors.
March 14 (Thurs)
14:00-15:00
Session 4: Editing seminar (1 hour)

This session gives authors* a chance to submit short excerpts from their manuscripts, which are then edited by the instructor and discussed with the seminar participants. This activity shows how to identify and correct common writing errors and is therefore likely to be useful for all participants.

Authors for Session 4: Editing Seminar

*If you wish to provide your manuscript, please send an Email to KIO.
 Email to: kio.adm[at]gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp
 Deadline: February 27 (Wed) 12:00
*Authors (3 people maximum) will be decided on the first-come-first-served basis.
*Deadline for submitting the manuscript is February 27 (Wed) 17:00. KIO will inform the authors how to submit the manuscripts.
*When introducing at the seminar, the instructor will not identify the author of the manuscript.
*The instructor will introduce a part of the submitted manuscripts. Please note that the instructor will NOT revise all of the sentences and the submitted manuscripts will NOT be returned to the authors. If you need English editing and proofreading for a journal, please use Editing Support Services.

March 15 (Fri)
10:00-11:00
Session 5: Writing and Revising a Research Article: The Introduction (1 hour)

This session discusses how the three principles of good science/technical writing (Clarity, Accuracy, Conciseness) can be applied to writing and revising an introduction to a research article. The instructor will describe the components of an effective introduction and how to guide and enhance reader interest.
March 15 (Fri)
11:00-12:00
Session 6: Tables and Figures (1 hour)

Science writing requires efficient visual presentation of complex information. Tables are often the ideal format to present a large amount of information, while figures help readers grasp complex relationships in data. Poorly presented or unnecessary tables and figures impede rather than facilitate communication. This talk will review principles, practices, and common errors in the visual presentation of information in science publishing.
March 15 (Fri)
13:00-15:00
Session 7: Effective Paraphrasing (2 hours)

Researchers depend on the published record when designing their studies and presenting their findings. However, earlier work must be cited, and in most cases previously published text must be paraphrased, to comply with copyright restrictions. The instructor will present several examples of accurate and readable paraphrases of typical text from published research papers. Participants will then be asked to paraphrase selected passages.


Application
application form

【Application Period】January 15 (Tue) 10:00 - February 5 (Tue) 17:00

Go to Top of Page