English Languagefor International Comm


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A presentation for Marine Biosciences Department Freshmen as part of the English Language Program Orientation for Kitasato University, Written by David Brooks, Presented on April 12, 2010 by David Brooks and Junko Miyase,
Kitasato University Campus, L1-302, 13:00-14:30 along with the MB Dept Head and the 5 other English Language faculty members

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English Languagefor International Comm

  1. 1. Today’s Task April 12 and beyond <ul><li>Let’s think about what it means to learn English and the best ways to do so. </li></ul><ul><li>Kitasato classes are about studying English for use in public life in Japan, international travel and work situations --> TOEIC has another meaning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking Of English as International Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>英語 B   担当:  David Brooks   ブルックス </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>英語 B, 英語 A 担当: Junko Miyase  宮瀬 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Today’s Task April 12 and beyond <ul><li>Simply studying ( 勉強する) will not be much use UNLESS you also use ( 利用する) English in public and interpersonal communication, and in academic situations. </li></ul><ul><li>How can you use your college life, our community - local and global - and technology to help yourself communicate and do it better in English? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think Of English as a Tool of International Communication  ー> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach English as a Tool for International Communication  ー> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>then the TEST (TOEIC Bridge) is easy . </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. 受験  is over! Now, learning English can be a life-long challenge. Learning it is a process, a journey – not just a destination. What are you going to do during your first year in university to improve (at least maintain) your English language skills?
  4. 4. ToEIC = LoEIC Learning English for real communication can be a life-changing challenge. TOEIC test is not the most important thing. It is only a tool for measuring. Let’s talk about what IS important in LOEIC?
  5. 5. Why take TOEIC test? TOEIC test is not the most important thing. It is only a tool for measuring. Let’s talk about what IS important in LOEIC? Learning of English for International Communication
  6. 6. Basic Elements #1 <ul><li>Using English in order to learn English is the best way. It makes learning more meaningful and more effective - and EVEN enjoyable! </li></ul><ul><li>Studying a bicycle is NOT the same as riding one. Studying English is not the same as communicating in and using English. </li></ul><ul><li>Using English to communicate is a whole body and mind activity. It takes practice and experience to make progress. There are some risks - making mistakes is totally normal. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Basic Elements #2 <ul><li>While grammar, vocabulary and reading are essential basic skills, real communication requires listening and speaking. (TOEIC RL / SW) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to start to develop EIC, you may need to re-think a lot of how you have limited yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Like trying to ride a bicycle with no handlebars or pedals, you can’t really use English without some putting in your own effort, energy, and desire to move ahead. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Basic Elements #3 <ul><li>You will also need to acquire some new learning strategies and, perhaps, a new attitude about learning English in order to learn to actually use English. </li></ul><ul><li>Having your own personal goal or goals for what you want to achieve in USING English will help to guide you - in this and beyond - even after college graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>Self-confidence, a desire to communicate, the willingness to take some risks, and flexibility of thinking are more important than correctness of grammar or vocabulary when you are trying to learn to communicate in another language. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning English For Life Maintaining and developing your English language skills is an on-going, life-long learning activity. Once you start your major studies and then start working, it won’t be so easy to maintain or develop your English language abilities. So don’t waste what you have now – at least, try to maintain your skills or improve them. Ideally, you should make a plan for learning and studying English to maintain or improve your English language skills. Just because you entered university does NOT mean that you should ONLY study what you are required. Just because it is required does NOT mean it is not in your best interests. What are your goals for your education and a career? What types and levels of English ability will you need to achieve those goals?
  10. 10. Why should learning English should be a goal? 1. Maintaining and developing – “Use it or lose it.” Investing in yourself and your own ability shows your worth to your future employer. 2. your English language skills - Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking – all or select one or two 3. is an on-going, life-long – Now is the time when you have the most time. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do best today. 4. learning actively. – Studying is only one form of learning – using English is better than “studying”– memorizing, drilling, or practicing
  11. 11. Why do you need English? You have spent 6-8 years already studying English, it would be a “waste” ( もったいない) if you just let it fade away. “ Life is long but time is short.!” Before you know it, you will be finishing university and looking for a job. Then you’ll really be busy and making time to learn English (or other life/career skills will be even harder.) <ul><li>Getting a good job </li></ul><ul><li>- Doing the kind of job that you would like </li></ul><ul><li>- Proving your own Self-Improvement ability ( 自己開発 ) </li></ul><ul><li>- Participate as a Global Citizen </li></ul><ul><li>- To Travel / Volunteer or b e active internationally </li></ul>
  12. 12. Make “learning” English active <ul><li>Use your 英語 A &英語 B classes as a way to   help you learn communication </li></ul><ul><li>Take the opportunity to speak English (in class and outside of class) </li></ul><ul><li>Join ESS ( 英語研究会 部活) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside Campus Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read for enjoyment / Internet news or info sites *** (ESS Library) </li></ul><ul><li>Write e-mail to a e-pal or to our class e-mailing list </li></ul><ul><li>YOUR OWN IDEA or method </li></ul>
  13. 13. Make “learning” English active <ul><li>Keep a diary of what you experience and learn this summer </li></ul><ul><li>Study for TEST ( 試験 ): TOIEC, TOEFL,  英検 , UN ( 国連 ), etc </li></ul><ul><li>Study using the Internet, TV or radio broadcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in Active Use of English </li></ul><ul><li>visit a foreign country, participate in international events inside Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer (locally and globally) </li></ul><ul><li>Use media (video / DVD / TV </li></ul><ul><li>Use music (CD) / karaoke to study English </li></ul><ul><li>YOUR OWN IDEA or method </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ Learn how to learn” – not just know how to study <ul><li>Challenge yourself to get the meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Gain strategies, skills, knowledge – not just memorizing about English </li></ul><ul><li>Turn “learned” thing into an active form of communication </li></ul>Take an active role in learning You should try to get a measurable outcome that will expand your ACTIVE ability in English - understanding comes first but EXPRESSING oneself is the very important SECOND step.
  15. 15. What does ESS do ? <ul><li>部室:部室棟412号室 </li></ul><ul><li>4月28日 18:30~20:30  「アバター」上映会 </li></ul><ul><li>*部活見学 OK  無料 </li></ul><ul><li>まだ見ていない人、 </li></ul><ul><li>興味のある人は </li></ul><ul><li>ぜひ一度部室まで! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Now that you have 入学した? <ul><li>What is (are) your goal(s) for learning English? </li></ul><ul><li>What learning activities do you think will help you? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the results you are looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>  How will you know you have achieved your goal? (assessment) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Examples of English Learning Activities <ul><li>Use the Internet and Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You and me across the world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exchange email / Discussions Board, Social Networks (Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle = Course Management System </li></ul><ul><li>Books / Movies / Music </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your community resources to find materials that you will enjoy using to learn/use English </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Other Ideas for Self-Study <ul><li>Watch a DVD or VCR movie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose one you can use to learn and use English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go about it in an organized way: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First make sure you understand the movie in Japanese </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Select a scene or section to learn / study deeply </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cover the 字幕 (subtitles) (Jap/Eng) to help you learn to listen more effectively </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice speaking the lines or watch without subtitles again later (or repeatedly) to check your understanding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>CD music Sing along in English using Lyrics or Karaoke </li></ul><ul><li>Find WWW sites that can help you learn or that give you tools/resources for movies, music, travel, news, etc </li></ul>FOR MORE INFO... See these PowerPoint slides at our class home page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kueb
  19. 25. Taking Action for Self-learning <ul><li>“ Your own learning is one of the few things which you alone have the power to decide, to determine its course, and its effect on your life.” </li></ul><ul><li>Brooks (2003) </li></ul>
  20. 26. The END <ul><li>The next time we all meet it will be in December 2010 for the TOEIC test once again. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to use English from now until then </li></ul><ul><li>to get information, communication, and to learn new things. </li></ul><ul><li>That will be your best preparation for taking the TOEIC (Bridge) in 12月。 </li></ul>
  21. 27. ESS