Practical English for Science and Engineering

Spring and Summer Quarters 2020 Postponed Until Fall and Winter 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

First intensive lecture *to be held on Saturday
“How to write technical English papers”
Students acquire the skills necessary to write clear English papers by learning the structure of English papers, paragraph construction and expressions suitable for academic papers. Instructions are also given on grammatical items commonly used in English papers. Students will do exercises in class.

Second intensive lecture *to be held on Saturday
“How to refine technical English papers and make oral presentations in English”
Based on the knowledge gained in the first intensive lecture, students learn how to improve their own papers, as well as how to construct oral English presentations and prepare effective slide material. Instructions are also given on English expressions and set phases useful for easy-to-understand oral presentations and Q&A sessions. Students must submit reports based on their in-class practice. (Details are to be announced at the time of the lecture.)

*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)
Lecture in Japanese (by Prof. Atsuko Yamazaki of Shibaura Institute of Technology): To Be Decided.
Lecture in English (by Associate Prof. Elizabeth Webeck of Tohoku University): To Be Decided.

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 is to be conducted in a small class of ten or so.
Students take a two-day presentation practice session on either of the following schedule.
The sessions are given entirely in English by lecturers (native English speakers).

*The intensive presentation practice sessions are conducted twice on Saturdays.
Class A, B : To Be Decided.
Class C, D : To Be Decided.

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.

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

Important dates

Dates and Venue : To Be Decided.

For those who cannot make neither of the orientations above, contact the CEED Office.

Application Deadline
By noon on Monday, April 27 applications for both enrollment and audit must be submitted. To Be Decided. Submit the application form directly to the CEED office or e-mail. (Attending an orientation before applying is recommended.)


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.


Application form for enrollment and audit: Under construction

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