Summer break at HIUC Osaka is Over.
Hello. Summer break at HIUC Osaka is almost over. Classes will be starting up in a few days. It will be great to see all the students again. I hope the students will be excited to be back. I think they will enjoy the challenge of their new classes.
The level 4 students will work on writing 5-part essays this term. A five part essay has an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph. The students got introduced to the idea last semester, but this semester they will spend all 10 weeks learning about and writing essays. In addition, they will read and analyze a novel. This should be an interesting and new experience for most of them. They will also have a class on American culture. This is a fun course because it is partially an ESL course and partially a content course. They will learn a lot of important university study skills in this class. In the listening and speaking class, they will get a chance to do a formal debate this term. It should be a busy but fun term for them.
The level 3 students will work on writing better and longer paragraphs, and then towards the end of the term they will start to write essays. In the listening and speaking class, they will do some work on note-taking and start to make longer speeches. In the integrated skills class, they will get some more research skills. They will also continue to build their vocabulary and get a chance to read some famous American short stories.
The level 2 students will be writing longer paragraphs with more support. They will also do a fair amount of work on reading skills and building vocabulary. In the listening and speaking class, they will listen to longer passages and start to make short speeches. In the integrated skills class, they will get a chance to read some famous American short stories, learn more research skills, and work on a longer multi-week project.
All in all, I think it should be an interesting semester for everyone.