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Brush-Up English

Brush-Up English 2020 Fall Term

Objectives

This program aims to help engineering students improve their basic English communication skills. It also encourages them to actively participate in various courses, such as the International Relations Program, using the English skills they have developed. In the program, instructors from external training institutions provide lessons on campus.

Program details

The program offers the following English courses where teachers from external training institutions provide small-group classes. Students can take advantage of free tuition fee that is covered by CEED but need to purchase textbooks depending on the course.

Notification : To prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, we offer the program online this term. The classes are conducted in real-time, using a video conferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system. To make the classes interactive and participative, rather than one-way lectures, students need to use their cameras and microphones during the classes.

Class Schedule 2020 Fall Term

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Class Capacity Number of Classes Day Time Term
English Discussion 15 6 Wed. 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Oct. 21-Nov. 25
Academic Writing 15 6 Wed. 6:15 pm-7:45 pm Oct. 21-Nov. 25
English Communication 15 6 Tue. 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Oct. 20-Nov. 24 *1
Talk & Talk 12 6 Mon. 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Oct. 19-Nov. 30 *2
TOEIC Listening 15 5 Tue. 9:00 am-10:15 am Oct. 20-Nov. 24 *3

*1: No class on November 3. Alternative class on Friday, November 6.
*2: No class on November 23.
*3: No class on November 3.

Course details

English Discussion(Instructor:Mr. Stephen Burrow)

This course aims to help students practice and improve their general English-speaking ability, especially their discussion skills. Students discuss questions in pairs or groups and give their opinions about issues in a reading from textbook. The instructor will tell the class which reading will be discussed the next week, which gives students the chance to prepare as much as they want. The readings are mostly science-based and contain a variety or interesting topics, for example, the natural world, art, space, leisure and technology.

  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class.
  • Classes are conducted using a videoconferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system.
  • Students need to purchase a textbook (3,210 yen +tax)

Academic Writing (Instructor:Mr. Stephen Burrow)

This course is designed with a focus on English speaking and listening skills. In each class, students will learn English phrases, pronunciation, and communication strategies to help you communicate effectively in various social settings. The students will be expected to complete online assignments before coming to class, prepare for conversation topics or short speeches before the class, and exchange ideas with classmates about daily life.

  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class.
  • Classes are conducted using a videoconferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system.
  • There will be no class on November 3, and Friday, November 6 will be a class day instead.

English Communication(Instructor:Ms. Ivy Lin)

This course focuses on practical English use in a variety of situations. The active-learning lessons are designed to be student-based with feedback from the instructor. The participants are expected to take part in listening, speaking, role-play practice, and topic-based discussion. To maximize the learning outcome, they are encouraged to prepare for discussion topics before class.

  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class.
  • Classes are conducted using a videoconferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system.
  • Students need to purchase a textbook (3,300 yen +tax).

Talk and Talk(Instructor:Mr. Sylavanus Joseph)

This course gives students as many opportunities as possible to talk using basic-level English. Every week, students will be able to discuss different topics and improve their confidence by using vocabulary building exercises, pair and team tasks, listening exercises and more when using English in everyday life.”

  • Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class.
  • Classes are conducted using a videoconferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system.
  • Students need to purchase a textbook (2,800 yen +tax).

TOEIC Listening(Instructor:Ms. Yabana)

This course helps students become familiar with the listening sections of TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test and strengthen their test-taking skills. Students will review and practice aspects needed to succeed on the test to become familiar with the test and get higher scores. To improve the overall English skills, students will do tasks in pairs or small groups, as well as speaking exercises. A course for reading sections is scheduled for the winter term.

  • Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class.
  • Classes are conducted in Japanese.
  • Classes are conducted using a videoconferencing service ZOOM and CEED e-Learning system.
  • Students need to purchase a textbook (3,000 yen +tax).

Prerequisites

  1. The program is open to graduate students, sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in students enrolled in the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology and Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (students taught by instructors of the Faculty of Engineering) and School of Engineering.
  2. Students should avoid being late and absent, finish all assignments and prepare/review for lessons.
  3. Students enrolled in the program are asked if they would like to apply for and participate in an internship program.

Program registration procedures (Important)

Applicants must submit application form to the CEED office by e-mail for program registration. The form can be downloaded from the CEED website or obtained at the CEED Office.

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Orientation

Date and venue: There will be no orientation for this semester. (Check this website for updates.)
Reference: 2020 Spring and Summer Term courses (completed)

Application Due

Friday, October 9, at noon
Submit the application form by e-mail. Application will be closed upon reaching its capacity.

For more information, contact us at:
E-mail: ceed-int◆eng.hokudai.ac.jp *Replace ◆ with an at sign. Phone 706-7163 (Yabana)