2018 Scientific Technical English Study Abroad Practicum

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Ishihara Yuki 
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Course description and aims

The main goal of this course is to send students to universities abroad so that they can improve their English language skills, especially the practical communication skills necessary for global scientists and engineers. In order to enhance students' learning, we will provide them with preparation sessions before they go abroad, and offer review sessions after they return to Tokyo Tech.
This course is offered as an Overseas Study or International Internship Program of the Global Scientists and Engineers Course, and credits in this course obtained by sedond-year-, third-year-, and fourth-year students will be counted as partial fulfillment of the requirements for completion of the Overseas Study or International Internship Program. This course will give students a chance to try to improve their English language skills, which they have learned in English 1 through English 8, in situ overseas.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
・Make presentations in English on topics of their own choosing.
・Communicate effectively in English.
・Understand cultures other than their own and introduce their own cultures to others.
・Deal with problems appropriately while studying abroad.


study abroad, English, communication, presentation, cross-cultural understanding

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

We will notify students of the dates and venues of the pre- and post- study abroad sessions by email as soon as they are fixed. The number of sessions is subject to change for scheduling reasons.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Preparation session (1) self-introductions by students, mindset necessary for studying abroad, briefing about final reports and presentations Set personal goals for studying abroad.
Class 2 Preparation session (2) briefing about documents required by the institutions students will be studying at Fill out application forms for institutions overseas in English .
Class 3 Preparation session (3) GGJ orientation: briefing about documents regarding insurance, scholarships and request for approval to study abroad Prepare documents for studying abroad.
Class 4 Preparatioin session (4) submission of documents required by GGJ programs Prepare documents for studying abroad.
Class 5 Preparation session (5) presentation about the country students will be visiting by a guest speaker from that country Gather information about the country students will be visiting.
Class 6 Preparation session (6) placement test, risk management, cross-cultural communication Prepare for troubles that students may face while they're studying abroad.
Class 7 briefing about preparation for going abroad Prepare for studying abroad.
Class 8 Studying abroad (for about a month) Develop communication skills in English.
Class 9 Review session (1) practicing presentations Prepare effective presenations.
Class 10 Review session (2) final presenations Deliver effective presenations.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be provided during preparation sessions.

Assessment criteria and methods

preparation sessions 10%, grades given at the institution overseas 60%, final reports 20%, final presentations 10%

Related courses

  • Oral Expression in English
  • English Presentation Seminar
  • Academic Presentation

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

Participation in the specified study abroad program is required. Attend briefings on the program and apply for the program accordingly. Students are strongly advised to take English elective subjects (see the section above on related courses) in addition to this course before they go abroad.

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