2019 Communication A

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Humanities and social science courses
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 are essential and fundamentally gives us pleasure. 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 in 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 the creative dialogue with someone they met for the first time, and be able to create opportunities for developing a 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.


communication, workshop, dialogue, active listening, collaborative learning community

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 a 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, 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 skill of communication. The basics of speaking and listening, and brainstorming. 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. How to make self-introduction relative dialogue. Suspending assumption. Reading the text and writing the summary and response.
Class 5 World Cafe. Experiencing the large scale dialogue. Extraction of the essence of the large scale dialogue.
Class 6 Preparation for the presentation. The theme is "What am I going to explore 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 what you learned.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community. Tokyo:Iwanami Shoten
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 report:20%
Coming late and less concentration will not be accepted.

Related courses

  • LAH.H207 : Communication B

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

Positive will is indispensable to make a collaborative leaning community together.


There is possibility that schedule may be modified.

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