This course is for students who are planning to study overseas for a short time, as part of their degree programme at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. At the beginning of the course, we will discuss the aims and challenges of undertaking a period of study at an English-speaking foreign university. The lessons will then focus on practicing the language arising in daily life situations and the university environment. Students will also be encouraged to voice their concerns. They will brainstorm ideas for dealing with various problems which could arise, such as racist attitudes and loneliness.
The aim of this seminar is to equip students with the basic oral English skills necessary to deal with the experience of living and studying in a foreign country, such as visiting the doctor’s office, making appointments, or eating in restaurants, as well as communicating confidently with their teachers and peers at university.
Class participants will complete a series of tasks, each presenting useful vocabulary and expressions for various real-life situations. They will practice their verbal skills by using the target language in activities such as role-plays and presentations. Students will also participate in group discussions on various subjects related to making their overseas study experience successful and enjoyable.
Print-outs will be provided as needed.
This course is for undergraduates.
The final grade will be allocated based on the following criteria: attendance, class work and participation, and an end of term oral test.