新学期が始まりました！A Fruitful Beginning at HIUC Tokyo
The winter semester at HIUC Tokyo is underway, and it’s been an eventful first week for all of the students. The E class has been challenged with a larger workload and they are doing their best to manage their time effectively. In their writing class, the Es are reviewing the essential rules of writing paragraphs, as they will need to have good structure and grammar before they can begin composing academic essays at the end of the semester. In their listening and speaking class, the students are doing more role play based tasks to see how well they can deal with certain situations. Listening and reading class is currently focused on improving note taking for longer academic lectures, and they seem to be enjoying the material. The E class is showing a lot of spirit and positive attitude toward their studies.
The students in F class are one week into their American Ways class, and have been looking at dominant culture and immigration in the United States in the first unit. They were quite intrigued by their first weekend assignment, an analysis of the film Snow Falling on Cedars, which deals with prejudice against Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War Two. This was something of which they were unaware, as it is not often mentioned in the history texts in Japan or the United States. In their writing class, the F class students have begun writing academic essays and studying more complex grammatical structures to prepare them for their college assignments.
The G class is somewhat small this semester, and they have fewer days in class as they move into a more college based routine of three classes per week. This means many more reading and writing assignments as homework. However, they will get used the increased demands on their time as the semester continues. As part of their college level focus, the Gs are doing an advanced public speaking/presentation class which will provide them with the skills they need to speak in front of their classmates with confidence and creativity. In addition, they are doing a general preparation course that offers college level units in economics, anthropology, literature, and ecology. This will give them a taste of what to expect in terms of content when they do go abroad. It’s a lot more work than they’re used to, but they are coping well.
It looks to be a busy but fruitful semester at HIUC Tokyo. We will keep you updated as the semester unfolds.