Practical English for Science and Engineering

Fall and Winter Quarters 2020 Postponed from Spring and Summer 2020

This intensive lecture program is equivalent to a subject at the Graduate School of Engineering (two credits will be given).

Notice: “Practical English for Science and Engineering” scheduled for this semester has been postponed until Fall and Winter 2020 to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

Target of the Program

Acquiring the skills necessary for submitting English papers and making convincing presentations at academic meetings and international conferences by improving students’ ability to write technical papers and make oral presentations in English.

Course Plan

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*Students take either the lecture conducted in Japanese or the lecture in English. (Students studying under e3 program should basically take the English one. Other students should clarify which class they prefer to take when applying)
Intensive lectures for this term will be conducted online, using ZOOM.

First intensive lecture *to be held on Saturday or Sunday
“How to write technical English papers (1): English logic and structure”
Students will look at appropriate expressions for expressing various types of logic, and work on applying this to sentences with the aim of creating well-constructed, clear sentences which flow logically. The use of sentence variety in paragraphs will also be studied so that students can avoid overly wordy, difficult sentences in academic text, and communicate effectively instead. The class will also consider questions that foreign students, in particular, in Japanese universities tend to ask.

Second intensive lecture *to be held on Saturday or Sunday
“How to write technical English papers (2): the structure and form of an academic paper”
Students will learn how to write a strong abstract and conclusion before going on to a the most difficult part of the paper: the introduction. The structure and function of an introduction will be carefully considered, with extra attention given to common errors made by non-native English speakers when writing academic papers. Attention will be given to optimizing the impact of your work when writing by being aware of the problems that typically occur when translating from your native language.

Third intensive lecture *to be held on Saturday or Sunday
“How to refine technical English papers and make oral presentations in English”
Students will learn a variety of linguistic structures to explain results so they can avoid writing repetitious and boring sentences, and ensure they can express exactly what they mean. We will also look at skills to effectively avoid plagiarism. By learning how to paraphrase, using the skills in the previous lessons, academic papers can maintain the same quality of writing and tone throughout, and the research work of others can be effectively referenced. Short, impromptu presentations will be made in class that test your understanding and also provide an opportunity to practice some strategies to deal with Q and A sessions.

Lecture in Japanese (by Prof. Atsuko Yamazaki of Shibaura Institute of Technology):
 Saturday, October 17, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
 Saturday, October 24, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
 Saturday, October 31, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
 *All writing lectures will be given online.
Lecture in English (by Associate Prof. Elizabeth Webeck of Tohoku University):
 Sunday, October 25, from 10 am to 1:45 pm
 Sunday, November 8, from 10 am to 1:45 pm
 Sunday, November 22, from 10 am to 1:45 pm
 *All writing lectures will be given online.

First intensive presentation practice session *to be held on Saturday
By making an English presentation themselves, students can learn how to make a clear presentation focusing especially on its logical content and structure. They can also gain skills to capture audience attention and learn effective English expressions useful in presentations.

Second intensive presentation practice session *to be held on Saturday
Based on the first presentation practice session, each student makes a second English presentation to learn how to make their presentations more convincing and effective.
*The intensive presentation practice sessions are conducted twice on Saturdays.

Class A and B :
 Saturday, December 5, from 9 am to 5 pm
 Saturday, December 19, from 9 am to 5 pm

Class C and D :
 Saturday, January 9, from 9 am to 5 pm
 Saturday, January 23, from 9 am to 5 pm

Conditions for admission

*The number of students is limited to 40 due to restrictions on the number of classes for the intensive presentation practice sessions.
*Doctoral students of the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology and Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (those under the tuition of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering) are preferentially selected.

*Students should submit their score of English exams (TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT, IELTS or TOEIC) when applying for the course. The score will be used for the selection and placement of students.

*Students must submit reports and presentation assignment during the course.

*To enroll the course, students are required to submit the specific application to the CEED office in addition to the course registration.

Credits are not given to students failing to attend all the lectures and practice sessions.


You can audit intensive lectures on writing. In that case, however, no credit will be given. If you wish to audit these lectures, please submit the application form to the CEED Office.


There will be no orientation for this term. Contact the CEED office if you need more information.

Application Deadline

By noon on Friday, October 9. Submit the application form directly to the CEED office by e-mail.


Application form for enrollment and audit: Word Format / PDF Format

Submit the application form to at the CEED Office by e-mail.
Room L-200 Extension 7163 E-mail: ceed-int◆ *Replace ◆ with an at sign. (Yabana)