2016 Communication A

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Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

This course inherits the spirit of the small group work of the Visionary Project, aiming for students to improve real-life, people to people communication skills. People are social beings, so thinking, learning, and creating together with others fundamentally gives us pleasure. In order to live on, interacting with people in various areas, interpersonal communication skills are essential. Students in this course will aim to improve their communication skills through participatory, first-hand style workshops.
The aim is for students to become skilled at communication in an enjoyable way by experiencing self-introduction, interviews, dialogue, and presentations.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) Gain an understanding of the pleasure and difficulty of speaking with someone they met for the first time, and be able to create opportunities for developing conversation on one's own.
2) Learn to speak clearly as a good speaker, and be able to create a relaxed environment as a good listener.
3) Be able to enjoy creative dialogue.


communication, workshop, dialogue, participatory style

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will be run in workshop format in the style of first-hand participation, with students at the center, split into small groups to discuss with one another, rather than just a one-directional lecture from the instructor. Students will gain experience with a variety of methods step by step, in order to gradually improve communication skills.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of the course. First group work such as introducing each other. Preparation for good self introduction.
Class 2 The basics of speaking and listening. Check in and self introduction. Preparation for the interview.
Class 3 Mutual interview. Active listening, taking note, and edit the article. Writing articles.
Class 4 Introducing partner to others by using the interview article. Reflection of mutual interviews and introducing others.
Class 5 World cafe. Experiencing the large scale dialogue. Considering the essence of the large scale dialogue.
Class 6 Preparation for the presentation. The theme is "What am I going to explore in the university. Preparation for the presentation.
Class 7 Presentation of all participants in small groups. Reflection on the presentation.
Class 8 Reflection of the whole class. Reflection on the learning.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Workshop. Tokyo:Iwanami shoten; ISBN4-00-43710-4
Nakano, Tamio. Facilitation Revolution. Tokyo:Iwanami shoten; ISBN4-00-700069-7

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation to the class:80%, Final presentation and reflection report:20%

Related courses

  • LAH.H207 : Communication B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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